Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

necropsy

Definition:(noun) An examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease.
Synonyms:autopsy, postmortem
Usage: Scientists performed a necropsy on the seal to determine whether its death was related to the recent chemical spill.
Article of the Day

Mountain Biking

In many countries, the bicycle was supplanted by motorized vehicles as the preferred mode of transportation by the early 20th century. However, the mountain bike, introduced in the 1970s with rugged features meant to increase durability and improve performance in rough terrain, has done much to renew interest in cycling. Today, mountain biking is recognized as a sport in its own right and has a vast community of enthusiasts that spans the globe. When did mountain biking debut at the Olympics? More...
This Day in History

Farmer Discovers Howe Caverns (1842)

Howe Caverns is a cave system in east-central New York that lies 156 ft (48 m) below ground. It was discovered in 1842, when farmer Lester Howe began to wonder why his cows all seemed to gather near one particular hill on hot summer days. Upon investigating, he felt a cool breeze blowing from a hole in the hill. He and a neighbor began to dig out the hole and uncovered the entrance to a cave. They explored it extensively and opened it for tours the next year. Why are there boats in the cave? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)

Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer noted for his tales about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally a doctor, Conan Doyle studied under the sharp-eyed Dr. Joseph Bell, who was noted for his ability to draw accurate conclusions about people through observation. Bell was thus the model for Holmes, who appeared for the first time in 1887. Conan Doyle "killed off" Holmes in 1893 but was forced by public demand to resurrect him. What famous unsolved hoax might the author have perpetrated? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

keep (up) (one's) end of the bargain

To do as was promised in an agreement or bargain; to carry through with what one agreed to do. Also worded as "keep one's end of the bargain up." More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for Biological Diversity (2017)

In 1994 the United Nations declared December 29 International Day for Biological Diversity. In the year 2000 they changed the date to May 22 in order to draw more attention to the observance. They also wished to honor the May 22, 2000, signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More...
In the News

Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Underway in Oklahoma

Details are still emerging out of Oklahoma, where rescue and recovery efforts remain underway after a violent and sustained EF-5 tornado cut a 17-mile-long swath through suburbs south of Oklahoma City. At least 24 people have been confirmed dead, several of them children who were killed when their school was ripped apart by the twister's approximately 200 mph (320 km/h) winds, and the death toll is expected to rise as more victims are located in the rubble. The city of Moore was particularly hard hit, and not for the first time. In 1999, it was struck by a devastating tornado that had the highest winds ever recorded on Earth. More...
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