Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

cacophony

Definition:(noun) Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.
Synonyms:blare, blaring, clamor, din
Usage: I heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
Article of the Day

The Dead Sea

The lowest body of water on the surface of the Earth, the Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake bordered by Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. One of the saltiest water bodies in the world, the Dead Sea hosts few life forms. The high salinity makes bathing here a unique experience, as one cannot help but float in its waters. It is also common practice when visiting the Dead Sea to coat one's body with its mineral-rich mud. What health issues do some people believe the Dead Sea and its mud can cure? More...
This Day in History

Explosion and Fire Destroy Piper Alpha Drilling Platform (1988)

Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum that sank into the sea after a series of explosions and a massive fire, killing 167 men. Only 59 of the workers survived. The initial blast is believed to have resulted from the activation of a pump that was missing a safety valve. A poorly planned evacuation process exacerbated the disaster. Why did nearby platforms continue to pump gas and oil to Piper Alpha after it was engulfed in flames? More...
Today's Birthday

Annette Kellerman (1887)

Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. Her 1907 performance of "water ballet" is often credited with popularizing the sport of synchronized swimming. Kellerman was also known for advocating the right of women to wear one-piece bathing suits and was once famously arrested for indecency for doing so herself. In 1908, a Harvard University professor named her the "Perfect Woman" because of the similarity of her physical attributes to what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

God's honest truth

The absolute, unequivocal truth. (I.e., as if spoken by God Himself.) More...
Today's Holiday

Rath Yatra (2016)

Rath Yatra is an outpouring of tens of thousands of pilgrims to honor Jagannath, Lord of the Universe, in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. During the festival, wooden images of Jagannath, his brother, Balbhadra, and his sister, Subhadra, are taken in procession in three huge chariots or carts that look like temples and are called raths. They go from the Jagannath Temple to be bathed at Gundicha Mandir, a temple about a mile away. This is such a popular festival because all castes are considered equal, and everyone has to eat the food prepared by low caste men at the shrine. More...
In the News

Shocking!

The evolution of electric fish has long fascinated scientists, in part because the feature developed independently in six different groups of fish in disparate regions of the globe. Despite differences in the appearance and locations of these creatures' electric organs, DNA evidence now shows that the genetic and biological pathways that brought about their electrification are the same in many if not all electric fish. More...
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