Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

antedate

Definition:(verb) Be earlier in time; go back further.
Synonyms:antecede, forego, precede, predate
Usage: No man can antedate his experience, or guess what faculty or feeling a new object shall unlock.
Article of the Day

Project Habakkuk

It seems like pure folly to build a ship—let alone a giant aircraft carrier—out of ice, but during World War II, that is exactly what inventor Geoffrey Pyke proposed the Allies do. While plain ice—the kind put in drinks—is not strong or durable enough for such a task, Pyke believed a composite material made of wood pulp and ice would be. For much of 1943, a multinational team based in Canada toiled to realize a ship made of pykrete—a portmanteau of Pyke and concrete. Did the project succeed? More...
This Day in History

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" Published (1830)

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a 19th century American nursery rhyme. It was written by Sarah Josepha Hale, who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family and who eventually became an influential editor and arbiter of American taste. Thomas Edison recited part of the poem to test his invention of the phonograph, and a host of musicians have recorded versions of it. The nursery rhyme is said to have been based on an actual incident in which what happened? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Lenglen (1899)

One of the first international female sports stars, Lenglen was a French tennis player and a prolific champion. She won 31 championship titles from 1914 to 1926, including the world hard-court singles and doubles titles (1914); French women's singles (1920–23, 1925–26); and British women's singles crowns and doubles (1919-1923, 1925). In 1920, she won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The first female tennis celebrity and a flamboyant trendsetter, she was given what nickname by the press? More...
Quotation of the Day
Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

freak flag

Any unconventional, nonconformist, or uninhibited behavior, convictions, opinions, or lifestyle choices that are unique to an individual. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Day (2016)

Bermuda Day, formerly Commonwealth Day, is a public holiday and the highlight of Bermuda Heritage Month. Since 1979, a variety of cultural activities have been held every May, including historical exhibits, concerts, and thanksgiving services in churches. Festivities on May 24 include a parade that ends up in the middle of a festival at Bernard Park in Hamilton. It is also a popular day for Bermudians to hit the beaches. Runners participate in a marathon race, and there are races for cyclists and skaters. May 24 is also the beginning of dinghy-racing season in St. George's Harbor. More...
In the News

Evidence that Suicide Is "Contagious" in Teens

There has long been speculation that suicide might be "contagious," in the sense that those whose lives have been touched by suicide may themselves become more likely to contemplate or even attempt it. Recent research on suicide trends among Canadian teens seems to support this notion. Nearly a quarter of the 8,000 teens surveyed had a schoolmate who had committed suicide, and regardless of whether the respondents had been personally acquainted with the deceased, they were significantly more likely to thereafter consider or attempt suicide themselves. More...
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