Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

strangulate

Definition:(verb) Kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air.
Synonyms:strangle, throttle
Usage: The police are searching for a serial killer who strangulates his victims.
Article of the Day

Angkor Wat

The crowning work of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is a temple complex in northwestern Cambodia. About 1,700 yards (1,550 m) long by 1,500 yards (1,400 m) wide, it is the world's largest religious structure. It was built in the 12th century by Suryavarman II as his state temple and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The structure consists of a rising series of towers and courtyards surrounded by a vast moat and culminating in a 213-ft (65-m) central tower shaped like the bud of what flower? More...
This Day in History

Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre and was believed to be lost forever. Two years later, former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia was caught trying to sell the masterpiece to a gallery owner in his native Italy. It turned out that Peruggia had stolen the painting by hiding in a closet, waiting until the museum had closed, taking it down, and simply walking out with it hidden under his coat. How much time did Peruggia serve in jail for his crime? More...
Today's Birthday

Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher and his toy animals were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh. How did Christopher feel about his name being used in his father's stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

the gray dollar

The economic purchasing power of elderly people as a group. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Crow Fair

The Crow Fair is one of the biggest powwows in the US, held since 1918 at Crow Agency, Montana, about 65 miles southeast of Billings. The fair is hosted by the Crow tribe but attracts thousands of other Native Americans, who set up more than 1,000 tepees on the camp grounds. Dancing at the fair includes not only traditional Plains Indian dances but also the Crow Hop, which is similar to a war dance and is unique to the Crows. There are also rodeos with cash prizes, horse races, art exhibits, and demonstrations of such crafts as pipe carving and jewelry designing. More...
In the News

Spermless Mosquitoes Could Cut Malaria Transmission

Scientists have developed a way to produce infertile male mosquitoes that may one day help control the mosquito population and reduce the transmission of malaria. The female mosquitoes most responsible for spreading malaria mate only once in their lives, regardless of whether their eggs are actually fertilized in the process. These sterilized male mosquitoes effectively trick the females into laying unfertilized eggs, gradually reducing the number of hatching mosquitoes. More...
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