Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

procurator

Definition:(noun) One authorized to manage the affairs of another; an agent.
Synonyms:proxy, placeholder
Usage: The wealthy businessman's procurator arrived at the auction to bid on his behalf.
Article of the Day

Hickam Air Force Base

Hickam Air Force Base is a US Air Force base located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 2,850 acres (12 sq km) of land. It boasts facilities valued at more than $444 million. During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, it served as a major center for training pilots and assembling aircraft. The base supported flights to and from the forward areas, which earned it the nickname "America's Bridge Across the Pacific." When Japanese troops bombed Pearl Harbor, what happened to Hickam Air Force Base? More...
This Day in History

The First Father's Day (1910)

Father's Day is a day set apart in many countries for honoring fathers. In the US, UK, and Canada, it is observed on the third Sunday in June. The idea for a father's day originated when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a sermon on Mother's Day in 1909 and was inspired to create a date to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran. Through her efforts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. When was the holiday made official in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Blaise Pascal (1623)

Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. A child prodigy, he earned the envy of René Descartes with an essay he wrote on conic sections when he was still a teen. Credited with founding the modern theory of probability and advancing differential calculus, he also made important contributions to physics, notably in the study of atmospheric pressure. Why did he later abandon his scientific work to focus on theology and philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern painter learns to draw, and then learns when utterly to disregard his accomplishment, when to subordinate it to a higher and truer effect.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

all sizzle and no steak

Disappointing or anticlimactic. Having an exciting, promising, important, or aggrandizing buildup that proves to be unwarranted. More...
Today's Holiday

Fyr Bal Fest (2016)

The Fyr Bal Fest held every year in Ephraim, Wisconsin, reflects the town's Swedish and Norwegian heritage by incorporating customs traditionally associated with Scandinavian Midsummer celebrations. The festival is presided over by a "Viking chieftain," chosen on the basis of his contributions to the community. After a coronation ceremony, he proclaims the official opening of summer and lights a bonfire in which an effigy of the Winter Witch is burned. Other traditional Scandinavian events at the festival include folk dancing and welcome mats in doorways made out of evergreen boughs. More...
In the News

How NASA Will Save the World from Giant, Killer Asteroids

It may sound like a science fiction movie, but in a small conference room at the Goddard Space Flight Center, a tight-knit group of top NASA scientists is coming up with new ways to protect our planet from killer asteroids. The idea is to ... More...
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