Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 14, 2014)
Word of the Day

hovel

Definition:(noun) A small, miserable dwelling.
Synonyms:shack, shanty, hut, hutch
Usage: Compared to the manor house, their own modest home seemed like a hovel.
Article of the Day

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, which means "red mill" in French and features a distinctive red windmill on its roof, is a traditional cabaret located in the area of Pigalle in Paris. After opening in 1889, the Moulin Rouge became known for its scandalous can-can dancers and appeared in many works by post-impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It later saw performances by Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, and Frank Sinatra. The revues performed at Moulin Rouge must all adhere to what superstition? More...
This Day in History

Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier (1947)

Days before becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Yeager, a US Air Force test pilot, broke two ribs riding a horse. Afraid of being taken off the mission, he kept his injury a secret, even though it limited his movement so much that he had to reach with a broom handle to close the hatch on the X-1 experimental aircraft. Launched mid-air from a modified bomber, the X-1 broke the sound barrier, and Yeager became a legend. How fast was he flying when he went supersonic? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Lauren (1939)

Lauren began designing ties while working as a tie salesman and opened his own business in 1967. His first menswear line, under the Polo name, debuted the next year, and the mesh sport shirt—featuring an emblem of a polo player—would become his signature piece. His expensive creations evoke the look of the English aristocracy as adopted by the East-Coast American elite. His label also appears on furnishings, tableware, and luggage. What made him change his last name to Lauren? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

like cheese at four pence

In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Frankfurt Book Fair (2017)

The world's largest annual trade show for the book publishing industry, held annually for five days in Frankfurt, Germany, attracts exhibitors from about 110 countries and is attended by more than 250,000 people. Trade fairs have been a tradition in Frankfurt for at least 800 years, and book fairs were held in the 16th century, when the city had become the center of German publishing. The book fair had been chiefly an event for German publishers before 1939, but it grew in a few years to be the world's preeminent book fair. In its present form, the fair is officially dated to 1949. More...
In the News

First Womb Transplant Baby

Last month, a woman in Sweden gave birth to the world's first child born via a transplanted womb. The 36-year-old first-time mother had been born without a uterus and received a donor womb from a 61-year-old, postmenopausal friend. A year after the transplant, doctors implanted an embryo, resulting in a successful pregnancy. The baby was born premature at about 32 weeks, weighing just 3.9 lb (1.8 kg), but both he and his mother are said to be doing well. More...
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