Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

necropsy

Definition:(noun) An examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease.
Synonyms:autopsy, postmortem
Usage: Scientists performed a necropsy on the seal to determine whether its death was related to the recent chemical spill.
Article of the Day

Mountain Biking

In many countries, the bicycle was supplanted by motorized vehicles as the preferred mode of transportation by the early 20th century. However, the mountain bike, introduced in the 1970s with rugged features meant to increase durability and improve performance in rough terrain, has done much to renew interest in cycling. Today, mountain biking is recognized as a sport in its own right and has a vast community of enthusiasts that spans the globe. When did mountain biking debut at the Olympics? More...
This Day in History

Pac-Man Arcade Game Released (1980)

First released in Japan in 1980, Pac-Man went on to become one of the most famous arcade games of all time. Developed by Namco video game designer Toru Iwatani, the game became an icon of 80s pop culture and is often credited with being a landmark in video game history. For the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man in 2010, Google turned its homepage logo into a fully playable version of the game. How much productivity did businesses reportedly lose from employees playing the game? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Wagner (1813)

Wagner was a German composer whose astonishing works made him one of the most influential figures in the history of Western music. He revolutionized the 19th-century idea of opera, seeing it as a wholly new art form in which musical, poetic, and scenic elements should come together through such devices as the leitmotif—a recurring melodic phrase used to illustrate a character or idea. His operas include Tristan and Isolde, as well as his masterpiece, a four-opera cycle known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen National Day (2016)

In November 1967, British soldiers evacuated Yemen, and the National Liberation Front declared the formation of the independent state of the People's Republic of South Yemen. Yemen National Day observes the official proclamation of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) on May 22, 1990. An agreement to a common constitution, government, and economy between both had been signed the day before. More...
In the News

Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Underway in Oklahoma

Details are still emerging out of Oklahoma, where rescue and recovery efforts remain underway after a violent and sustained EF-5 tornado cut a 17-mile-long swath through suburbs south of Oklahoma City. At least 24 people have been confirmed dead, several of them children who were killed when their school was ripped apart by the twister's approximately 200 mph (320 km/h) winds, and the death toll is expected to rise as more victims are located in the rubble. The city of Moore was particularly hard hit, and not for the first time. In 1999, it was struck by a devastating tornado that had the highest winds ever recorded on Earth. More...
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