Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

scathe

Definition:(noun) The act of damaging something or someone.
Synonyms:damage, harm, hurt
Usage: It is true also that I did lay my hands upon this jack-fool of a brother Ambrose, though, as you can see, I did him little scathe.
Article of the Day

Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds are several species of songbirds found in Australia and New Guinea. To attract female mates, males of the species build elaborate bowers on the ground, decorate them with bright, shiny objects, and then display and sing loudly above them. Females observe the courtship displays, inspect the quality of the bowers, and select a mate. After mating, the female builds a simple nest away from the bower in which to lay her eggs. What objects do bowerbirds often use to decorate their bowers? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. In 1960, as part of the Air Force's Project Excelsior, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. In 2012, 84-year-old Kittinger participated in what historic event? More...
Today's Birthday

Christian Mortensen (1882)

When Mortensen died at the age of 115 years and 252 days, he was the oldest man who had ever lived whose age is undisputed. Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1882 and immigrated to the US in 1903. He worked in various trades until he retired in 1950. Twenty-eight years later, at the age of 96, he reportedly rode his bicycle to a retirement home in San Rafael, California, where he lived for the rest of his life. What advice for living a long life did Mortensen give on his 115th birthday? More...
Quotation of the Day
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

good gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Pine Battle of Vinuesa (2016)

The Pine Battle or Pinochada of Vinuesa in the province of Soria, Spain, takes place where King Juan I located his main residence in the 14th century. On August 16, the final day of the festival, there is a ceremonial mock battle in which the women of Vinuesa attack the men with pine branches. Centuries ago, when an image of the Virgin was found between two pine trees near the boundary between Vinuesa and Covaleda, a quarrel broke out over who would keep the image. The women tore branches from the pine trees and used them to strike their opponents, thus winning the battle for Vinuesa. More...
In the News

Obesity Does Not Mean Health Problems for All

The findings of two recently published studies challenge the notion that body mass index (BMI) and weight determine health and that all obese individuals need to lose weight. While there was, as expected, a correlation between heavier weight and health complications, researchers also found people with high BMIs who were generally healthy despite being overweight. The challenge doctors face is identifying which patients are the "healthy obese" and which are on track to develop health complications in the future. More...
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