Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

installment

Definition:(noun) A part of a broadcast serial.
Synonyms:episode
Usage: The latest installment of my favorite television show will air this Thursday.
Article of the Day

Mob Football

Mob football, a precursor to modern soccer and rugby, emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. It typically involved an unlimited number of players from neighboring villages. The rules were vague and few. In some versions, any means short of murder could be used to move the ball back and forth. The game likely resembled a riot, and although mob football became an annual tradition in some places, it was frequently banned. According to legend, what was used as the first football? More...
This Day in History

Pluto Gets Demoted (2006)

Although it was recognized as a planet for decades, Pluto is much smaller than the other planets in our solar system and more closely resembles a giant comet nucleus. Consequently, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to the category of dwarf planet, which reflected astronomers' conclusion that it is a member of the Kuiper belt, a strip of billions of icy bodies orbiting the Sun beyond the orbit of Neptune. What is a "plutino"? More...
Today's Birthday

Lavinia Fontana (1552)

One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects. What are some of her major works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit of it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a ground ball with eyes

In baseball, a ball that is hit onto the ground and narrowly eludes two or more infielders, allowing the batter to take a base. It is said to have "eyes" because it seems to "see" its way between the two defensive players. More...
Today's Holiday

Ukraine Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1991, just after a failed coup in Moscow, Ukraine declared its independence from the USSR. On December 1, 1991, 90 percent of the people voted for independence. More...
In the News

Bear Bears the Brunt of Moose-Induced Accident

A wandering moose walked away unscathed from an accident it caused involving a bear and a car, but the other parties were not as lucky. The collision occurred when a Norwegian driver swerved to avoid the moose, which had found its way onto a rural road, and ran his car straight into a nearby bear instead. Blood found at the scene indicates that the bear may have sustained internal injuries, and wildlife authorities quickly mounted a search for the wounded animal. The vehicle also sustained damage, though the driver of the car was unhurt. More...
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