Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

vacillate

Definition:(verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
Synonyms:hover, oscillate, vibrate
Usage: I vacillated about what to say for so long that the man on the phone asked if I was still there.
Article of the Day

The Giant Panda

The black-and-white giant panda lives in the mountain forests of central China. Though it primarily feeds on bamboo, the bear-like mammal's digestive system is similar to that of a carnivore, and it must therefore spend as much as 16 hours a day eating up to 40 lb (18 kg) of bamboo leaves, stems, and shoots in order to get enough nutrients. While adult giant pandas are certainly physically imposing, the "giant" part of their name also serves to differentiate them from what other kind of panda? 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
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

hard done-by

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

Dog Days (2016)

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

Evidence of Early Learning

Learning is a lifelong process, and it begins before you are even born. A recent study suggests that human fetuses begin learning as early as the 34th week of gestation, earlier than previously believed. Researchers had pregnant women recite a brief nursery rhyme aloud twice a day for six weeks and monitored the heart rates of their fetuses at 32-, 33-, and 34-weeks' gestation as a recording of a female stranger reciting the rhyme was played. At 34 weeks, the fetuses' heart rates declined, an indicator of fetal recognition of a familiar stimulus. More...
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