Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

adorable

Definition:(adjective) Lovable especially in a childlike or naive way.
Synonyms:endearing, lovely
Usage: She frowned at his facetiousness—a pretty, adorable frown that made him put his arm around her and kiss it away.
Article of the Day

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is a sport similar to snowboarding, except that instead of sliding down the side of a snowy mountain, participants slide down sand dunes—some of which can be hundreds of feet high. For practical reasons, it is most prevalent in desert or coastal regions, and several sandboarding competitions and championships are held around the world. One significant drawback to boarding on sand instead of snow is that, unlike on mountains, dune riders do not have what convenience? More...
This Day in History

The Los Alfaques Disaster (1978)

The Los Alfaques disaster was an explosion that took place near a campsite in Tarragona, Spain, when a leaking tanker truck loaded with 23 tons of highly flammable liquid propylene ignited. This resulted in a massive explosion and fireball that reached over 1000° F (538° C) and destroyed everything within a 1000-ft (300-m) radius. It killed 217 people, including the truck's driver, and severely burned more than 200. What regulations were later instituted to prevent future disasters of this sort? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561)

Góngora was a poet of the Spanish Golden Age who successfully wove Renaissance and popular poetry into an original and elegant form. Very influential in his era, he developed the difficult, complex poetic style that became known as Gongorism. It provoked enmity from many of his contemporaries and was so exaggerated by less gifted imitators that his reputation suffered until the 20th century. He has since been called Spain's greatest poet. What is his most famous work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the Flemish Community (2016)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. The Flemish Community celebrates its heritage on the anniversary of The Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. On the feast day, all Flemish governmental offices close for the holiday. Various cities, municipalities, and private groups hold cultural events; local Flemings and those resettled throughout the world pause to give a toast to Flanders; and many gather to hear the minister-president of the Flemish Community deliver a speech marking the anniversary. More...
In the News

Physics Study Finds Fatal Flaw in Batman's Cape

A group of physics students from the University of Leicester dealt a crushing blow to Batman fans around the globe with their assertion that although the caped-crusader would be able to glide from tall buildings, the impact of landing would probably kill him. The students based their calculations on the cape worn by the crime-fighter in the 2005 film Batman Begins. Their paper, titled "Trajectory of a falling Batman," notes that if Batman were to leap from the top of a 492-ft- (150-m-) tall building, his cape's 15-ft (4.7-m) wingspan would support a 1,148-ft (350-m) glide, but he would end up hitting the ground at a likely fatal 50 mph (80.5 km/h). More...
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