Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

leave-taking

Definition:(noun) The act of departing politely.
Synonyms:parting, farewell
Usage: Captain Rawdon himself was much more affected at the leave-taking than the resolute little woman to whom he bade farewell.
Article of the Day

Giant Sea Scorpions

Eurypterids are members of an extinct order of arthropods that lived approximately 505 to 245 million years ago. Frequently referred to as giant scorpions, most eurypterids were small, although Pterygotus buffaloenis, a species from the Silurian period, was the largest arthropod ever known, reaching a length of about 10 ft (3 m). Living in brackish waters, some were predators, while others were probably scavengers. Eurypterids were similar in body plan to what modern sea creature? More...
This Day in History

Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962)

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe's last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? More...
Today's Birthday

Johns Hopkins (1795)

Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the founding of a free hospital and university in Baltimore, Maryland. His will also called for the establishment of what other institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

fire-breathing

(used as a modifier before a noun) Particularly ardent, vehement, or excoriating in speech or behavior. Likened to a dragon or other creature able to shoot streams of fire from its mouth. More...
Today's Holiday

Malcolm X's Birthday (2016)

Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an outspoken leader in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s. He converted to the Muslim faith while serving time in prison, and, upon his release, began touring the country on behalf of the Nation of Islam. During most of his career, Malcolm X advocated violence (for self-protection) and had a reputation for fanaticism and racism; however, he changed his outlook after his pilgrimage to Mecca. He was assassinated at a rally in Harlem shortly after. His birthday is still observed in most major American cities with a large African-American population. More...
In the News

US Adopts Plan to Protect Bats from Deadly Fungus

A nationwide plan involving more than 100 federal, state, and tribal agencies and scientific researchers is being implemented in the US to try to combat a fungal disease that has killed more than a million bats and is still spreading. Thus far, white-nose syndrome has been found in 16 states and three Canadian provinces. Decontamination protocols have been developed to reduce transmission of the fungus, monitoring strategies have been devised, and procedures for diagnosing the condition are now in place. Experts worry that failing to halt the fungus' spread could have wide-reaching repercussions for the ecosystem. More...
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