Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

palpable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being handled, touched, or felt.
Synonyms:tangible
Usage: Every time she held the skimmer under the pump to cool it for the work her hand trembled, the ardor of his affection being so palpable that she seemed to flinch under it like a plant in too burning a sun.
Article of the Day

Monopoly

Though initially rejected by the toy firm Parker Brothers, Monopoly has become one of the world's most popular board games. Players move around the game board buying properties and developing them with houses and hotels. Their opponents then pay rent when they land on these spaces. Players can also pick up "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards, with outcomes ranging from being sent to jail to winning second prize in a beauty contest. What city inspired the locations on the US game board? 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
Those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

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

Yet Another Air Tragedy

An Air Algérie flight bound for Algeria from Burkina Faso was lost as it crossed over the Sahara in bad weather and is believed to have crashed. It was carrying 116 people whose fates are not yet known. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane less than an hour after takeoff. Prior to this, the crew had communicated that they would be changing course due to a sandstorm, leading to speculation that bad weather brought the plane down. A multinational search effort is underway to locate the missing plane and rescue any survivors. More...
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