Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

colewort

Definition:(noun) A hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head.
Synonyms:borecole, kale
Usage: Although he thought his aunt's boiled colewort was disgusting, Harold politely ate the meal without complaint.
Article of the Day

Trans-Saharan Trade

Encompassing about 3.5 million sq mi (9 million sq km) of Northern Africa, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world. Nevertheless, humans have maintained trade routes through it for millennia, linking the Mediterranean Sea in the north to various regions in Africa. In its heyday, after the introduction of the camel in the 1st century CE, trans-Saharan trade was principally carried out by Berber-speaking nomads. What mineral still mined today was a major Saharan trade good in ancient times? More...
This Day in History

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova Becomes First Woman in Space (1963)

Tereshkova was a Soviet cosmonaut who became the first woman to fly in space. In 1963, she was the solo pilot of a three-day flight aboard Vostok 6, orbiting the Earth 48 times. Her flight was her only experience in space, and she left the Soviet space program soon after and married cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev. Their daughter, Elena, born a year later, was the first child of parents who had both been in space. What was Tereshkova's job before she was recruited as a cosmonaut? More...
Today's Birthday

George Gaylord Simpson (1902)

Simpson, an American paleontologist, helped develop the modern biological theory of evolution, drawing on paleontology, genetics, ecology, and natural selection. His contributions to evolutionary theory include a detailed classification of mammals, which is still the standard, and the discovery of the migratory and evolutionary patterns of the prehistoric fauna of the Americas, from which he deduced that species reached adaptive peaks and suffered accidental dispersal. What word did he coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

agree in principle

To accept the general terms and/or conditions of a deal without having completed or agreed upon the specific details. More...
Today's Holiday

Bloomsday (2016)

James Joyce's novel Ulysses describes the events of a single day in Dublin: June 16, 1904. First published in Paris in 1922, Ulysses caused an uproar when it finally did appear in Ireland. But since 1954, Bloomsday—named after the novel's main character, Leopold Bloom—has been a Joycean feast day, observed with a number of events throughout Dublin that commemorate its illustrious author and the lives of his characters. There is a ritual pilgrimage along the path followed by Bloom, public readings from the novel, costume parties, and parades. More...
In the News

"Forest Boy" Really 20 Years Old, from Netherlands

Nine months ago, a young man walked into Berlin City Hall claiming that he had lived with his father in the forest outside of the German capital for the past five years. He has now been identified as a 20-year-old Dutch man who was reported missing by family members just three days before he arrived in Germany with his wild story, which included claims that he did not know his last name or where he was from. In reality, he is from the Dutch town of Hengelo, near the German border. The man was identified by a former girlfriend after police published his picture this week. Police say they may charge him with fraud. More...
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