Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

lacing

Definition:(noun) The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows.
Synonyms:whacking, beating, drubbing, licking, thrashing, trouncing
Usage: If my mother ever caught me smoking, I would get the lacing of a lifetime.
Article of the Day

Aurochs

The probable ancestors of modern cattle, aurochs once inhabited forests in Northern Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia. The enormous—having a shoulder height of around 6 ft (1.8 m)—horned, black oxen are depicted in prehistoric cave paintings, and the species endured until the 17th century, when the last known aurochs died in Poland. Breeders have since tried to recreate the extinct species, but none have yet managed to produce a genetically identical animal. What has arisen from their efforts? More...
This Day in History

Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888)

One of America's greatest playwrights, O'Neill spent his youth as a heavy-drinking, itinerant seaman, then began writing plays while recovering from tuberculosis in 1912. Within a decade, he had won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. Extremely prolific, he wrote passionate works about tortured family relationships and spiritual conflict, including Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. Both of his sons committed suicide, and he disowned his daughter for marrying whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

like (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). More...
Today's Holiday

World Food Day (2017)

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More...
In the News

Hail Yes!

Forget the Emerald City; on Saturn and Jupiter it is all about the diamonds. A team of US researchers is positing that lightning storms in the gas giants' upper atmospheres turn methane into soot, which hardens into graphite and then diamond as it falls. Tons of diamond hailstones may rain down on the planets each year, and while most are likely about a centimeter in diameter, some could best be described as "diamondbergs." Alas, these sparklers are not "forever." As the diamonds reach certain depths, the pressure and temperature become so great that they likely melt into a liquid carbon sea. More...
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