Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

goggle

Definition:(verb) Look with amazement; look stupidly.
Synonyms:gape, gawk, gawp
Usage: He goggled at her in astonishment.
Article of the Day

The Centennial Light

The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb. Housed at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Livermore, California, the bulb was donated to the department in 1901. The longevity of the four-watt, carbon-filament, hand-blown bulb has been recognized by several sources, including Guinness World Records. It has reportedly only been turned off a handful of times, and it has been on continuously since it was switched off for 22 minutes in 1976 for what reason? More...
This Day in History

US Captures Guam from Spain (1898)

Visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Guam was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and remained under Spanish control until 1898, when it was taken by the US in the Spanish-American War. Because the Spanish garrison on the island had no knowledge of the war, the US sent a single Navy cruiser, the USS Charleston, and was able to capture Guam without a fight. At the end of the war, Guam was officially ceded to the US under the Treaty of Paris. How many Spanish soldiers were captured on Guam? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Hirschfeld (1903)

Hirschfeld was an American graphic artist and caricaturist who was famous for his witty, perceptive, and joyful caricatures of theater celebrities and other public personalities. After becoming a theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, he worked for The New York Times, where many of his caricatures appeared. Hirschfeld also wrote and illustrated several books. Beginning in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed what in almost every drawing that he made? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. More...
Today's Holiday

Greenland National Day

The people of Greenland celebrate National Day on June 21, the longest day of the year. They call the holiday Ullortuneq in Greenlandic, which means "the longest day." They celebrate the occasion with communal picnics, shows, and many cultural activities. Since Greenland's current flag was formally instituted on June 21, 1985, they also honor the national flag on this day. More...
In the News

Violence against Women a Worldwide Epidemic

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling violence against women "a global health problem of epidemic proportions." According to a new report, more than a third of women around the globe are subjected to physical or sexual violence, and the vast majority of them suffer this abuse at the hands of their partners. Intimate partners are also responsible for nearly two-fifths of the murders of women worldwide. The WHO is calling on world health officials to make combating this pervasive problem a priority. More...
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