Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

stepper

Definition:(noun) A professional dancer.
Synonyms:hoofer
Usage: My petite friend Anna has made a name for herself as a gifted stepper, proving that you need not be tall and long-limbed to succeed as a dancer.
Article of the Day

Naos

Though technically classified as a blue supergiant, Naos is not a particularly large star, with a radius only about 11 times larger than that of our Sun. It is, however, an exceptionally hot and bright star—one of the brightest in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is noted for its unusually fast rotation and extremely strong stellar wind. In fact, were Naos to take the place of the Sun at the center of our solar system, it would likely vaporize the Earth. How old is Naos estimated to be? More...
This Day in History

Knights of Columbus Established (1882)

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. Founded by Father Michael McGivney on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the organization's primary purpose was to provide financial aid to members and their families in the event of illness or death. The Knights of Columbus has since donated billions to charity and now has more than 1.8 million members. What personal tragedy led McGivney to found the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Jennifer Capriati (1976)

Capriati's family moved to Florida when she was four years old so she could pursue a tennis career, and by 1990, the 14-year-old had earned over $6 million in endorsements. She became the youngest women's tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon, to reach the semifinals in a Grand Slam event, and to rank in the top ten players. Personal problems—including an arrest—sidelined her as a teen, but she made a successful comeback in her 20s before injuries ended her career. Why was she arrested? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thank goodness, we can choose our friends. We have to take our relatives as they are.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

I shudder to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. More...
Today's Holiday

Boganda Day (2017)

In the Central African Republic, Boganda Day marks the anniversary of the death of Barthélémy Boganda, the nation's first prime minister, who died in a plane crash on March 29, 1959. Boganda had been a driving force in the creation of the Central African Republic, which became a self-governing republic in 1958. He was also a leader in the movement to unite black African nations. Boganda Day is a national holiday in the Central African Republic; all banks, official government offices, businesses, and schools are closed. More...
In the News

Cyber Attack to Blame for Slow Surfing

A massive cyber attack targeting a European spam-fighting group did more than just slow its target to a crawl. The unprecedented Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which involves flooding a target network with so many requests that regular traffic is either slowed or completely interrupted, actually slowed the entire Internet. At times, the data stream reached peaks of 300 Gbps (gigabits per second), a threefold increase from a 2010 DDos attack that previously held the distinction of being the largest of its kind in history. More...
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