Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

sere

Definition:(adjective) Dried up or withered.
Synonyms:shriveled
Usage: The desert was edged with sere vegetation.
Article of the Day

Bulletproof Vests

"Bulletproof" is something of a misnomer for these protective vests. A more accurate description is "bullet resistant," as they do not always protect against all types of ammunition. A vest protects its wearer by catching a bullet in layers of material and spreading its force over a larger area. Even in cases where the bullet is prevented from penetrating the body, the wearer can suffer injuries, like bruises or internal injuries, from the force of the impact. What can degrade a vest's efficacy? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Waugh was an English novelist who is widely considered the greatest satirist of his generation. His novels, characterized by sardonic wit, technical brilliance, and his devoted Catholicism, include A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited. Waugh also wrote amusing travel books. After service in World War II, he led a retired life, and his writing grew increasingly misanthropic. In 1925, Waugh's suicide attempt was thwarted when he was coincidentally attacked by what animal? More...
Quotation of the Day
I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. More...
Today's Holiday

Señor de los Milagros (2017)

A religious brotherhood affiliated with the church of Las Nazarenas in Lima, Peru, has maintained an annual devotional procession that began in the 17th century and centers on a painting of Christ, known as Señor de los Milagros, or Lord of the Miracles. Many men are required to carry the two-ton litter, upon which rests the portion of the wall with the painting. The procession attracts thousands of people, making it one of the most well attended processions in South America. Along the route, food stands offer numerous delicacies, especially the traditional sweet, Turrón de Doña Pepa. More...
In the News

Google Exec Overtakes Baumgartner, Claims Skydive Records

A Google executive has broken the world altitude record for skydiving set by Felix Baumgartner in a much-hyped 2012 jump. The 57-year-old senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from an altitude of 135,890 feet, nearly 8,000 feet higher than Baumgartner, hitting a peak velocity of 822 mph (1,321 km/h) during his 123,414-foot freefall—both record numbers as well. As Eustace plummeted toward Earth from the edge of space, observers on the ground heard the sonic boom triggered at the moment his body exceeded the speed of sound. More...
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