Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

supplant

Definition:(verb) Take the place or move into the position of.
Synonyms:supersede, replace
Usage: The word processor has largely supplanted electric typewriters.
Article of the Day

Charles Francis Hall

Hall was an American explorer of the Arctic. In the 1860s, he made two notable—but mostly unsuccessful—searches for Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. In 1871, he attempted to reach the North Pole. Though he set a new northern record, he died suddenly before reaching the pole. Later, 19 members of his crew became stranded on an ice floe for several months before being rescued. It is now believed that Hall was likely murdered, but it is also possible that he accidentally poisoned himself—how? More...
This Day in History

MTV Is Launched (1981)

MTV is an American cable television network that was originally created to broadcast videos of pop and rock musicians. It quickly gained a wide following, and soon virtually all major pop and rock performers were making videos to be aired on MTV. In the 1990s, MTV diversified its programming, airing game shows, cartoons, sitcoms, documentaries, and reality shows. The network has had a profound impact on both the music industry and popular culture. What was the first music video aired on MTV? More...
Today's Birthday

Herman Melville (1819)

Neglected for much of his career but now considered one of the greatest American writers, Melville was born into an impoverished family and had little formal schooling. He sailed for the South Seas on a whaler in 1841, jumped ship after 18 months, and spent the next 2 years on various Pacific islands. His popular first novels were based on these adventures. His masterpiece, Moby-Dick, is both an intense whaling narrative and a symbolic examination of US democracy. To whom is it dedicated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

think (someone) hung the moon and the stars

To consider someone to be extraordinary, the best, or exceptionally wonderful. More...
Today's Holiday

Swiss National Day

This nationwide celebration of the Swiss Confederation is observed with torchlight processions, fireworks, shooting contests, and folkloric events. The day commemorates the occasion in 1291 when representatives of the three original cantons of Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden met on the Rutli meadow and swore an oath of alliance and mutual defense to lay the foundations of the Confederation. More...
In the News

Japanese Women Overtaken in Life Expectancy Rankings

For the first time in 25 years, Japanese women are not the longest-lived women on the planet. Women in Hong Kong now have the highest life expectancy in the world. The expected lifespan for Japanese women fell from 86.3 years in 2010 to 85.9 years in 2011, in part as a result of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country in March 2011. The life expectancy for Japanese men also fell over this same period, dropping them from fourth to eighth place in the global life expectancy rankings. More...
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