Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

flip-flop

Definition:(verb) Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).
Synonyms:alternate, interchange, tack, switch
Usage: Larry may promise you a ticket now, but I would not be surprised if he flip-flops on that decision later.
Article of the Day

Urbex: Urban Exploration

Urbex is the exploration of the normally unseen or off-limits structures of urban environments or industrial facilities, such as abandoned subway tunnels, missile silos, grain elevators, asylums, schools, and amusement parks. Urban explorers often face myriad dangers in such areas, including toxic chemicals, broken glass, and collapsing floors. Arrest for trespassing is also a risk. The unspoken rule of urbex is: Take nothing but photographs; leave nothing but what? More...
This Day in History

Svetlana Savitskaya Becomes the First Woman to Perform a Spacewalk (1984)

Savitskaya is a former Soviet female aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova. She logged nearly 20 days in space during her career, including three and a half hours spent outside the Salyut 7 space station in 1984, when she became the first woman to perform a spacewalk. Before becoming a cosmonaut, she was a test and sport pilot and a parachutist. What world records did she set? More...
Today's Birthday

Louise Brown (1978)

Brown was the first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure used to overcome infertility in which a woman's eggs are removed, fertilized with sperm outside the body, and then inserted into the uterus. Now a commonplace procedure, IVF was developed in the 1970s by British medical researchers Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards and was subject to much criticism before Brown's birth. Who was the first woman conceived through IVF to give birth naturally to a baby of her own? More...
Quotation of the Day
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

grease payment

A sum of money, typically a bribe, paid to a government official or business person so as to facilitate or expedite some decision or transaction. More...
Today's Holiday

Puerto Rico Constitution Day (2016)

Puerto Rico Constitution Day is the anniversary of the day on which Puerto Rico changed from a territory to a commonwealth and adopted its new constitution in 1952. Sometimes referred to as Commonwealth Day, July 25 is a legal holiday throughout the island. It is celebrated with parades, speeches, fireworks, and parties. More...
In the News

Death Threat Text Scam Scaring Australians

Thousands of Australians are being terrorized by scammers who have been sending out the following text message since Monday: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised." Police say the scale of the scam is unprecedented and believe it is the work of an organized crime group, though it is unclear if the perpetrators are actually in Australia. Some people have fallen victim to the scam and paid the demanded sum, but police say this is precisely what one should not do. Instead, they are urging recipients not to respond to the threat and to simply delete the text. More...
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