Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

abeyance

Definition:(noun) The condition of being temporarily set aside.
Synonyms:suspension
Usage: Every other feeling as it rushed upon him was thrown into abeyance by pity, deep respectful pity, for the man who sat before him.
Article of the Day

The Baths of Bath

Bath is a city in southwest England famous for its baths, which are fed by the only natural hot springs in the country and which some believe have curative properties. The Romans established the city as Aquae Sulis in the first century, building elaborate, lead-lined baths with heating and cooling systems. These were rediscovered in 1755, by which time Bath, as it had since become known, had revived as a spa and become a resort city for the wealthy. What was Jane Austen's connection to Bath? 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
Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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 (2016)

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

Dinosaurs "Tepid-Blooded"?

Researchers have long debated whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded creatures, but the answer, it turns out, may be neither. A new study suggests that dinosaurs fall into some in-between category, which the authors have termed "mesothermic." They came to this conclusion after analyzing the growth rings on the bones of 381 species, of which 21 were dinosaurs, and correlating this data with metabolic rates, which are an indicator of endothermy or ectothermy. What they found was that dinosaurs, along with a handful of living species, have metabolic rates that do not fit neatly into either category but instead lie somewhere between the two. More...
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