Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

navel

Definition:(noun) The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation.
Synonyms:bellybutton, omphalos, umbilicus
Usage: The first-graders were awed by Tom's navel, which protruded outward in classic "outie" fashion.
Article of the Day

Self-Replicating Spacecraft

A self-replicating spacecraft is an entity that would, in theory, be able to travel to a neighboring star-system and extract raw materials from celestial bodies to create replicas of itself. Such replicas could then be sent to other star systems, repeating the process in an exponentially increasing pattern. Using relatively conventional theoretical methods of interstellar travel, how long would it take for self-replicating spacecrafts to spread throughout the Milky Way Galaxy? More...
This Day in History

Abraham Lincoln Delivers His "House Divided" Speech (1858)

In 1858, Lincoln was nominated to challenge incumbent Illinois senator Stephen Douglas for his seat. At the state Republican convention, he accepted the nomination with a now-famous speech explaining his view that the US could not exist with both slave and free states—as "a house divided against itself cannot stand." He lost the race but won the presidency two years later. When and by whom had the same biblical reference previously been used to describe the national rift over slavery? More...
Today's Birthday

Joyce Carol Oates (1938)

Oates is an American author of over 50 novels and numerous volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won the National Book Award and the O. Henry Award and has been thrice nominated for a Pulitzer. She writes about modern American life and the connection between violence and love. Her characters are mainly ordinary, inarticulate people to whom terrible things happen. Her most famous short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is based on what real-life serial killer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

be in for a surprise

To be guaranteed to receive or experience an unexpected outcome, especially a negative one. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiamichi Owa-Chito (2017)

A celebration of southeastern Oklahoma's forestry industry and of the culture of the Choctaw Native Americans of the area, Kiamichi Owa-Chito is held in Beavers Bend Resort Park near Broken Bow. Shortleaf and loblolly pines are abundant in the region, which is the heart of Oklahoma's timberland. Sporting events of the festival include canoe races, archery, and log birling (log rolling). Other activities range from contests in turkey and owl calling and a spelling bee to art and photography exhibits and musical entertainment—gospel singing, fiddling, and bluegrass. More...
In the News

New Evidence that All Stars Are Born in Pairs

Did our sun have a twin when it was born 4.5 billion years ago? Almost certainly yes - though not an identical twin. And so did every other sunlike star in the universe, according to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkeley and a radio ... More...
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