Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

sprain

Definition:(verb) To injure (a joint) by a sudden twisting or wrenching of its ligaments.
Synonyms:rick, wrench, twist, turn
Usage: I tripped in the pothole and sprained my ankle when I fell down.
Article of the Day

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small New World birds that feed on insects and nectar, for which their long, slender bills are adapted. They have jewel-toned feathers whose prismatic construction iridesces in changing light and are usually seen hovering or darting, at speeds of up to 60 mph (97 km/h), their wings appearing blurred due to the rapidity of their beating. In flight, they have the highest metabolism of all animals but insects and must feed almost constantly to survive. What do they do at night? More...
This Day in History

Greenwich Foot Tunnel Opens (1902)

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs. Opened in 1902, the tunnel replaced an occasionally unreliable ferry service and was intended to allow workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards. The tunnel is made of cast-iron rings lined with concrete and covered with some 200,000 white tiles. It is 1,215 ft (370 m) long and how deep underground? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Armstrong (1901)

Armstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hard done-by

Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel." More...
Today's Holiday

Dog Days

The Dog Days are known as the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and usually occur in July and early August. In ancient times, the sultry weather in Rome during these months often made people sick, which they blamed on the fact that this was when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at about the same time as the sun. There are many different ways of calculating which days in any given year are the dog days, but it is impossible to be precise; nowadays it is generally assumed that they fall between July 3 and August 11—slightly later than they occurred in ancient times. More...
In the News

Earth May Have Once Had Two Moons

A new theory suggests that Earth once had a second, smaller moon that was destroyed in a collision with its larger counterpart. This second moon would have been about 750 miles wide and could have formed from the same collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object that scientists suspect led to the formation of the Moon we know today. A subsequent low-speed collision between the two satellites could explain why the Moon is now asymmetrical, with one relatively flat side and one that is more heavily cratered and mountainous. More...
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