Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

irascible

Definition:(adjective) Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
Synonyms:hotheaded, quick-tempered, choleric, short
Usage: He was a singularly irascible man; any little thing would disturb his temper.
Article of the Day

Origami

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into decorative or representative shapes. Its early history is unknown, but it likely developed from the older art of folding cloth. Over the centuries, an extensive literature has developed around the art form, helping spread the practice far beyond Japan's borders. The crane is a favorite subject of the origami tradition. According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. What is kirigami? 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
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

the going thing

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

North American Indian Days (2016)

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

Caribbean Coral Reefs Suffering Dramatic Decline

If scuba diving in the Caribbean is on your bucket list, you may want to make it happen sooner rather than later. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says many of the Caribbean's coral reefs are in decline and could vanish in the next 20 years. Data suggest that Caribbean coral habitats have declined by more than 50 percent since the 1970s and that this trend will continue if action is not taken to protect these beautiful marine ecosystems. More...
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