Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 05, 2016)
Word of the Day

trencherman

Definition:(noun) A hearty eater.
Synonyms:glutton, gourmand
Usage: The waiter set the steak down in front of the smiling trencherman who had already polished off three other entrees.
Article of the Day

The Wild Man of the Woods

The woodwose, or hairy wild man of the woods, was the Sasquatch figure of medieval Europe. Seen as a link between civilized humans and dangerous, elf-like woodland spirits, the woodwose is depicted in a wide range of images, including carvings in the Canterbury Cathedral and 16th-century European coats of arms. References to the creature are found in stories by J.R.R. Tolkien. What happened to France's King Charles VI and five of his courtiers when they dressed as woodwoses for a masquerade? More...
This Day in History

Dolly, the First Cloned Sheep, Is Born (1996)

Perhaps the most famous sheep in history, Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell through the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique, in which the nucleus of an egg cell is replaced by the nucleus of a cell from the organism to be cloned. In successful cases, the egg cell develops into a healthy fetus, but the success rate of cloning has been low. Of 277 eggs, only 29 created viable embryos, and Dolly was the only one to survive to adulthood. How did she get her name? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou (1911)

Pompidou was premier of France from 1962 to 1968 and president from 1969 to 1974. As Charles de Gaulle's chief aide from 1958 to 1959, he helped draft the constitution of the Fifth Republic. He secretly negotiated a cease-fire in the Algerian War in 1961 and was appointed premier the following year. In 1968, he skillfully negotiated an end to the French student-worker strikes. Elected president in 1969, he continued de Gaulle's policies. What job did Pompidou hold before he entered politics? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain narrow, unimaginative, and autocratic old people who seem to call out the most mischievous, and sometimes the worst traits in children.

Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

God's green earth

The entire planet; anywhere and everywhere. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Constitution Day (2016)

On July 5, 1995, four years after Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union, the national government adopted a new constitution. Constitution Day, a public holiday, commemorates the creation of a new governmental framework and the beginning of another era for this small country, which for over seven decades had been a Soviet satellite. The government rewards the public sector with a day off on Constitution Day. Victory Park, located in the capital city of Yerevan, usually stages performances that feature traditional music and dance. More...
In the News

How Can Frigatebirds Stay Aloft for Months at a Time?

Could a bird stay aloft for days at a time, without landing or taking a break? How about an entire month? More than two months? The answer, as you may have guessed, is a resounding "yes." And which bird, exactly, could accomplish such a feat? That would be ... More...
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