Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

overzealous

Definition:(adjective) Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.
Synonyms:fanatical, rabid
Usage: The pop star's overzealous fans climbed over the security barriers in an attempt to get closer to her.
Article of the Day

The Electromagnetic Bomb

In 2003, it was reported that US forces used an electromagnetic bomb to disrupt Iraqi TV transmissions. The so-called E-bomb is a weapon designed to disable electronics with an electromagnetic pulse. Though relatively non-lethal, it can cripple critical technology, making it a valuable tool in modern warfare. It is believed that older devices containing vacuum tubes may be more resistant to damage from these bombs than newer, transistor-based technology. How can sensitive devices be protected? More...
This Day in History

US Constitution Signed in Philadelphia (1787)

The US Constitution embodies the fundamental principles upon which the American republic is conducted. It was drawn up at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and signed in 1787, and it was ratified by the required number of states the following year. It superseded the Articles of Confederation in force since 1781 and established the system of federal government that began to function in 1789. It includes seven articles and a preamble. How many amendments have since been adopted? More...
Today's Birthday

Maureen Connolly (1934)

Known as "Little Mo," Connolly was one of America's greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl's Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbledon championships starting in 1952. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Why did she retire at age 19? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

hash slinger

A cook or a waitress, especially at a diner or cheap restaurant. ("Hash," in this sense, refers to a dish or stew of chopped meat and vegetables, not hashish.) Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Monterey Jazz Festival (2016)

This festival is a three-day celebration of jazz held since 1958 outside Monterey, California, at the Monterey Fairgrounds, where seven stages accommodate dozens of acts and 40,000 fans. Jimmy Lyons, a West Coast disc jockey, is credited with starting the first festival, and since then it has attracted top jazz artists. Among the many who have appeared are Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Pee Wee Russell. Booths outside the arena sell food for every taste, from sweet-potato pies to tacos to beef teriyaki. More...
In the News

Wild Snakes Capable of Virgin Birth

Researchers in the US studying two snake species found two female snakes that each reproduced without a male. The phenomenon, which is not uncommon in invertebrates, is called facultative parthenogenesis, and occurs when an egg develops without fertilization by a sperm. Although it has been reported in snake, shark, lizard and bird species, it previously had been observed only in captive vertebrates. In the recent study, scientists captured pregnant cottonmouths and copperheads, two types of North American pit vipers, and one snake in each group produced offspring that had only the mother's genetic material. More...
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