Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

nettlesome

Definition:(adjective) Causing irritation or annoyance.
Synonyms:annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, pesky, pestering, vexatious, plaguy, teasing, pestiferous
Usage: As punishment, I was given the nettlesome task of filling out each of the forms in triplicate.
Article of the Day

US Camel Corps

The US Camel Corps was an experiment by the US Army to use camels as pack animals in the Southwest US. Using camels militarily had been suggested, to no avail, in 1836 during the Seminole Wars in Florida, but in 1855, Congress appropriated $30,000 for the Camel Corps project. One year later, a US ship arrived in Texas from the Middle East with about 30 camels. Despite the camels' impressive strength and ability to survive without water, the Camel Corps project was soon abandoned. Why? 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
The greatest tyrants over women are women.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

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

Dolphins Call to Each Other by "Name"

Dolphins produce an enormous variety of sounds and are known to converse with, and even convey instructions to, one another. Experts have long suspected that dolphins call each other by "name"—a unique whistle that identifies a specific individual. To test this theory, researchers recorded a group of wild bottlenose dolphins calling to each other and then played the recordings back to them. As expected, only the individual whose "name" was being played would respond to a given call. This is thought to be the first time such behavior has been observed in an animal population. More...
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