Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

whirlybird

Definition:(noun) An aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades.
Synonyms:eggbeater, helicopter, chopper
Usage: The boy's remote-controlled whirlybird zipped across the lawn and over the backyard fence.
Article of the Day

Sword Swallowing

Dating to ancient times, sword swallowing is a performance art in which an entertainer passes a sword through the mouth and down the esophagus to the stomach. It is not an illusion. Because real swords are used, it is a dangerous practice that can take years of mental and physical training to safely master. Sword swallowers can suffer potentially fatal injuries, such as perforated organs, while performing. How have their unique abilities made them historically useful in medical research? More...
This Day in History

Foundation Stone Laid for Cologne Cathedral in Germany (1248)

The Cologne Cathedral is the largest in northern Europe. It contains the paintings of Stephen Lochner and is believed to hold the relics of the Wise Men of the East. Built in the Gothic style, it was begun in 1248 on the site of an older church. The nave and two spires—each of which is 515 ft (157 m) high—were included in the original plans but built later, between 1842 and 1880. For the next four years, it was the tallest structure in the world. What destroyed the original church in 1248? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Child (1912)

Child was an American chef, author, and TV personality who introduced French cooking to the American public. She began studying French cuisine while her husband was stationed in France on a diplomatic assignment and attended Paris's famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. In 1961, she cowrote the bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking and soon began hosting a series of educational TV programs, including what show that transformed her into an Emmy-winning public-broadcasting star? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses,—for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

get a big head

To become arrogant or conceited; to assume an exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija) (2016)

On this day, Malta celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a national holiday that commemorates the success of Operation Pedestal. Many believe that it was through the intervention of Our Lady that Operation Pedestal was able to succeed. Church services across the country start with a prayer of thanksgiving, and the names of the five surviving merchant ships are read. The holiday is celebrated festa style—with fireworks, decorated streets, and carts throughout the villages selling many different foods, including traditional sweets and delicacies. More...
In the News

Fossils Confirm Existence of Other Human Species

In 1972, a team led by anthropologist Richard Leakey and his wife, zoologist Meave Leakey, discovered a human fossil in Kenya unlike any other. Dated to about two million years ago, the find suggested that at least two species of human coexisted in Africa at the time. The discovery of three new fossil specimens that share a number of features with the 1972 specimen, known as KNM-ER 1470, further confirms this hypothesis and strongly indicates that the evolutionary path from primate to modern human was not strictly linear but in fact included a number of branches. More...
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