Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

mislay

Definition:(verb) Place (something) where one cannot find it again.
Synonyms:misplace, lose
Usage: I seem to have mislaid my wallet; can you put this on my tab?
Article of the Day

Nereus

Nereus is a remotely operated underwater vehicle built by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was designed to operate at depths of up to 36,000 feet (11,000 m), primarily so that it could explore the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, which itself is the deepest known depression on the surface of the Earth. The craft reached the bottom of Challenger Deep in May 2009, having descended approximately 6.8 miles (11 km). After what mythological figure was Nereus named? More...
This Day in History

United States Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the US embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks, linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to American attention and resulted in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. The bombings took place on the eighth anniversary of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Bunche (1904)

Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General. In what unusual way did he conduct many of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a bit out of it

Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out. More...
Today's Holiday

Dublin Irish Festival

During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as the ceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations. More...
In the News

Crested Rat Uses Tree Toxin to Fend off Predators

The only animal known to utilize a deadly external poison, the African crested rat, Lophiomys imhausi, was captured on video gnawing the toxic bark of the Acokanthera schimperi tree and then coating its spiky flank hairs with saliva tinged with the toxin ouabain. These hairs have a unique structure that draws up the poison and ensures that they remain saturated. Rather than flee when facing a predator, the slow-moving rat exposes this bold, black-and-white-striped tract of hairs, inviting its attacker to bite its most poison-laden part. More...
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