Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

honky-tonk

Definition:(noun) A cheap, noisy bar or dance hall.
Synonyms:barrelhouse
Usage: The missionaries went to the honky-tonk on a Saturday night hoping to save souls, but they were not very successful.
Article of the Day

Flying Squirrels

There are 43 known species of flying squirrel. While the name flying squirrel is a bit of a misnomer—the creatures cannot actually fly—they are able to glide long distances by leaping from tall heights and extending flaps of skin, called patagia, that stretch from their forelimbs to their hindlimbs. Once airborne, the squirrels have a high degree of maneuverability and are able to steer by adjusting the tautness of the patagia and using their tails as stabilizers. How do they "brake"? 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
Look upon good books; they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself...and you shall need no other comfort nor counsel.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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

If You Dump Your Pet Goldfish into a Lake, It Will Grow into an Enormous Pest

Consider this your annual reminder: Don't dump your pet goldfish into a lake. Invasive species are, generally speaking, not so great. When an organism moves into a territory where it lacks natural predators, it can interrupt the entire ecosystem by ... More...
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