Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 06, 2017)
Word of the Day

biennial

Definition:(adjective) Happening every second year.
Synonyms:biyearly
Usage: They met at the biennial convention and lamented the fact that they would not see each other until the next meeting two years later.
Article of the Day

Drifting

Drifting is a motorsport in which drivers deliberately oversteer their cars, sending them sideways through a series of turns. A car is said to be "drifting" when its front wheels are pointing in the direction opposite a given turn, creating an angle between the direction of travel and the direction the wheels are facing. Modern drifting began over 30 years ago as a racing technique popular in Japan. It has since evolved into a competitive sport in which drivers are judged based on what criteria? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

keep in step with the times

To be, strive to be, or appear to be contemporary, fashionable, and/or relevant in modern times. More...
Today's Holiday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (2017)

This ceremony has been held each year since 1947 at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The peace ceremony is held in the evening, when the city's citizens set thousands of lanterns adrift on the Ota River and prayers are offered for world peace. Memorial services are also held throughout the world. More...
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In the News

NASA Has a Job Opening for Someone to Defend Earth from Aliens — and It Pays a Six-Figure Salary

NASA is hiring a planetary protection officer with a salary of up to $187,000. The job was created after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Planetary protection officers are hired to make sure humans don't contaminate planets, moons, and ... More...
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