Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

digress

Definition:(verb) Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking.
Synonyms:divagate, stray, wander
Usage: I try not to digress too much during my lectures, but I am not always successful at avoiding tangential topics.
Article of the Day

45x90 Points

If you were to split the Earth's surface in to four parts, the center of each part would be a 45X90 point—the location between the geographical North or South Pole and the equator, and between the prime meridian and the 180th meridian. Two of the points are in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, respectively. Another is in Poniatowski, Wisconsin, where visitors can become members of the 45X90 Club by signing a logbook. Only a few people claim to have visited the final 45X90 point. Where is it? More...
This Day in History

The "Gimli Glider": Air Canada Flight Runs Out of Fuel Mid-Flight (1983)

The "Gimli Glider" is the nickname given to Air Canada Flight 143, which ran out of fuel on a routine flight from Montreal to Edmonton in 1983. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at a retired airstrip in Gimli, Manitoba, even through part of the runway had been converted into a racetrack and a large event was being held there at the time. Amazingly, no passengers or bystanders suffered any serious injuries. Why did the plane run out of fuel? More...
Today's Birthday

Judit Polgár (1976)

Polgár is a Hungarian chess grandmaster and by far the strongest female chess player in history. A prodigy from an early age, she won many youth tournaments competing against boys. In 1991, at the age of 15, Polgár became the youngest grandmaster in history at the time, earning the distinction faster than Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. She later became the first woman to be ranked in the top ten in the world, ranking as high as eighth. What world champions has Polgár defeated? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fool with a heart and no brains is just as unhappy as a fool with brains and no heart.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) a knack for (something)

To be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something. More...
Today's Holiday

The Three Weeks

The 17th of Tammuz (Shivah Asar b'Tammuz) marks the day on which the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar. The three-week period between this day and the ninth of Av is known in Hebrew as the period Ben ha-Metsarim. It is a time of mourning for the Jewish people. Restrictions include not shaving or cutting one's hair, not wearing new clothes, nor eating fruit for the first time in season. On each of the three Sabbaths during the Three Weeks, a special prophetic passage of the Old Testament, known as a haftarah, is read. More...
In the News

Bundle of Joy Arrives, Bringing Royal Baby Watch to a Close

After months of speculation, we finally have our answer: It's a boy! At 4:24 PM yesterday, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son weighing 8 lb and 6 oz. The highly anticipated event drew members of the media from around the globe, who camped out for weeks in front of the London hospital where the royal baby was to be delivered. The newborn prince, whose name has yet to be made public, is third in line for the British throne, after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William. Both mother and baby are reportedly doing well. More...
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