Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

iridescent

Definition:(adjective) Having a play of lustrous rainbow colors.
Synonyms:opalescent, pearlescent, nacreous
Usage: Soap bubbles are iridescent.
Article of the Day

Stanislav Petrov

Petrov is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces. In September 1983, during a tense era in US-Soviet relations, Petrov deviated from standard Soviet protocol by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm. His decision may have prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the US and its allies. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned. What happened to Petrov after the incident? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Dogger Bank (1781)

The Battle of Dogger Bank was a naval battle that took place in the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which broke out over Dutch trade with Britain's enemies during the American Revolution. The battle is therefore considered part of the American War of Independence. The clash began after the British spotted and began to chase a Dutch merchant fleet being escorted by a convoy of warships. Both sides suffered significant casualties during the three-hour skirmish. Who emerged the victor? More...
Today's Birthday

Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that echoed the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with "Boule de Suif," or "Ball of Fat," and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More...
Quotation of the Day
The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

hard knocks

The real and practical experiences of life, especially those involving hardship or adversity. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

On this date in 1995, the Croatian Army defeated Serbian forces at the city of Knin in a decisive battle called Operation Storm. The victory enabled Croatia to regain control of the Serbian-declared breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina. The main celebration of this national holiday takes place in Knin, where thousands gather to watch a parade and to listen to speeches by the country's leaders. Church bells toll, and wreaths are laid in honor of those who died in the war. The national flag is hoisted atop of the fortress overlooking southern Knin as part of the celebration. More...
In the News

Healthy Eating Is Hard on Wallets in the US

Eating healthfully in the US costs a good deal more money, and this, researchers say, could deter people from following dietary guidelines. A study investigating the economic impact of new US dietary guidelines found that simply meeting the new recommendations for potassium consumption could add nearly 10 percent to the average consumer's food costs and that adding more dietary fiber and vitamin D to one's diet also increases costs. It stands to reason then that people with higher average incomes were found to be more likely to eat healthier foods. More...
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