Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

protuberant

Definition:(adjective) Swelling out from the surrounding surface.
Synonyms:bellying, bulgy, bulbous
Usage: The huge and protuberant stomach was amply supported by wide and massive hips, and the shoulders were broad as those of a Hercules.
Article of the Day

Hephaestion

Hephaestion was a Macedonian general who supervised the foundation of cities and colonies in Bactria, central Asia, and India. He was a close friend of Alexander the Great, who called him "my Patroclus"—in reference to the friend of the Greek hero Achilles. In 324 BCE, Hephaestion married Alexander's sister-in-law, Drypetis, but died suddenly in the same year at Ecbatana, the capital of ancient Media, in what is now northwestern Iran. How did Alexander mark Hephaestion's death? More...
This Day in History

European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Formed (2000)

EADS is one of the world's largest aerospace companies. It was formed in 2000 from the merger of Aerospatiale Matra of France, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace of Germany, and Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A. of Spain. Responsible for the final assembly of Airbus aircraft, it is one of the top makers of commercial and military aircraft. It is also one of the major arms manufacturers in Europe, and its divisions also produce communications systems, space rockets, and satellites. Where is it based? More...
Today's Birthday

John Calvin (1509)

Calvin was a French theologian and a major figure of the Protestant Reformation. In 1531, he became part of a movement that emphasized salvation by grace rather than by works. By 1555, Calvin had succeeded in establishing a theocracy in Geneva, where he served as pastor and head of the Genevan Academy and wrote the sermons, biblical commentaries, and letters that form the basis of Calvinism. What theologian, whose arrest was ordered by Calvin, was burned atop a pyre of his own books? More...
Quotation of the Day
As the viper, though it kills with it, does not deserve to be blamed for the poison it carries, as it is a gift of nature, neither do I deserve reproach for being beautiful.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

the going thing

The latest and most popular trend, fad, or fashion. More...
Today's Holiday

North American Indian Days

This is one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian Native tribes, held in Browning, Montana, the hub of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in the northwest mountains of the state. The powwow grounds fill up with teepees for four festive days of traditional Indian dancing, games, and sporting events. There are also exhibits of arts and crafts—beadwork, quill and feather work, moccasins and other leather goods. More...
In the News

Cell Phones and Other Gadgets Most Distracting to Drivers

A study by a nonprofit group that works to improve traffic safety has found that drivers are distracted as much as 50 percent of the time and that distraction is associated with up to 25 percent of car crashes in the US. Cell phone use raises the risk of crashing, and texting behind the wheel increases that risk even more. According to the report, there is no conclusive evidence that hands-free cell phone use presents less of a risk than hand-held use or that current legislation barring cell phone use or texting while driving has actually reduced crashes or injuries. More...
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