Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

clavicle

Definition:(noun) Bone linking the scapula and sternum.
Synonyms:collarbone
Usage: He will be out for the rest of the season thanks to a broken clavicle.
Article of the Day

Dorus Rijkers

Rijkers was a Dutch lifeboat captain and folk hero who became famous for his sea rescues of nearly 500 shipwrecked victims. His life-saving career began in 1872 while he was captain of his own boat. While at sea, he saved all 25 crew members of the ship Australia from drowning. He later joined a Dutch lifeboat society as a volunteer and saved hundreds of people during dozens of rescue operations over three decades. How did Rijkers get the nickname Opa, which means "Grandpa"? 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
There is no recollection which time does not put an end to, and no pain which death does not remove.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Fewer Americans Overweight and Obese

Although more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the percentage of those falling within the normal weight range has increased slightly in the past year. In the third quarter of 2011, 36.6 percent of Americans were of normal weight, up one percent from a year ago. The reasons for the shift are unknown, but experts find the numbers encouraging. If this trend continues, it could reduce healthcare costs, as billions of dollars are spent each year treating conditions related to obesity. More...
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