Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

firmament

Definition:(noun) The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.
Synonyms:celestial sphere, empyrean, heavens, welkin
Usage: The stars shine in the endless firmament.
Article of the Day

Sharbat Gula, "Afghan Girl"

Sharbat Gula appeared on the iconic June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine staring intensely with her striking green eyes. The haunting photo emphasized the suffering of Afghan refugees during the Soviet invasion. According to Gula, it was the only photo ever taken of her. Until photographer Steve McCurry located her in 2002, she was simply known as the "Afghan Girl" whose portrait he had captured at a refugee camp in Pakistan. How old was she in the famous photo? More...
This Day in History

Li Yuan Becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang (618 CE)

Emperor Gaozu was the founder of the greatest of China's imperial dynasties, the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), which ruled over what was then the world's largest empire and initiated a golden age for art, science, and Buddhism. Before becoming emperor, Li Yuan, as he was then known, was governor of a province under the Sui Dynasty. When the Sui emperor, Yangdi, was assassinated in 618, Li Yuan reunited the empire and took power. Why did he later abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Li Shimin? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mallory (1886)

Mallory was an English mountain climber who participated in the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922, and 1924. The 1924 expedition culminated in a bold and possibly successful drive toward the summit by Mallory and Andrew Irvine, from which they did not return. Mallory's body was discovered on Everest in 1999. His achievements and the mystery surrounding his final effort have made him a mountaineering legend. What "three most famous words in mountaineering" are attributed to Mallory? More...
Quotation of the Day
What one man can invent another can discover.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

all bark and no bite

Full of talk that is more threatening or impressive than that which one can or will actually do. More...
Today's Holiday

Madam Lou Bunch Day

Lou Bunch Day is an annual reminder of the rowdy gold-mining days of Central City, Colorado, held to honor the town's last madam. The event features bed races, a Madams and Miners Ball, and the selection of a Madam of the Year. In addition, there are tours of old mining rigs and trains that take visitors into the heart of the mountains to see colorful veins of ore. Central City was settled in the Gold Rush of 1859 and became known as the Richest Square Mile on Earth—some $75 million in gold was mined there. More...
In the News

Oxford English Dictionary Features "Epic" "Geekery"

Language is constantly evolving, and perhaps no one knows this better than the people who publish the Oxford English Dictionary. Updated quarterly, the comprehensive wordbook got a little larger this month, with the addition of "crowdsourcing," "flash mob," "geekery," and "epic," among other new entries. A number of existing words were also revised, including "tweet," which gained additional, Twitter-related definitions despite the fact that company policy requires new words to be current for ten years prior to consideration. More...
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