Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

lissom

Definition:(adjective) Moving and bending with ease.
Synonyms:lithe, lithesome, supple, sylphlike, svelte, slender
Usage: The boys were batting at the nets, and they were lissom and strong and active.
Article of the Day

The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt was a once prevalent folk myth across northern, western, and central Europe involving a phantasmal group of armed huntsmen, horses, and hounds in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground. The hunters were variously believed to be spirits, deities, or historical or legendary figures. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague or the death of the one who witnessed it. The Wild Hunt was often used to explain what weather phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

Though the first volume, A–Ant, was published in 1884, the first complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was not published until 1928. Planned as a 10-year project, the 44-year undertaking resulted in a comprehensive, historical dictionary of English—the longest in the world today. It required more than 800 volunteers to compile material, including one who, it was later learned, turned out to be working from an asylum for the criminally insane. Why was he there? More...
Today's Birthday

William Clark Gable (1901)

Despite having such large ears that some doubted he could become a romantic lead, Gable had a rugged masculinity and lighthearted charm that proved popular with audiences. The actor debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. There he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award. What tragedy prompted him to give up show business and become a bomber pilot during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Morals are an acquirement, like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis, no man is born with them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

which way the wind blows

What appears probable or likely; how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. More...
Today's Holiday

Rwanda National Heroes' Day (2017)

Rwandans celebrate Heroes' Day on February 1. National celebrations take place starting early in the morning with the laying of wreaths at the Heroes' Cemetery at Remera, Kigali, by the president, officials of the government, and the families of the country's heroes. Wreaths are also laid at Nyange in memory of students who stood against the rebel forces of the Rwandan genocide. The national Heroes' Day celebration at Nyange features songs, dances, and poems praising the virtues and good example of the national heroes. More...
In the News

Frog's Teeth Evidence of "Re-Evolution"?

Dollo's law is a scientific principle proposed in the late 19th century that asserts that traits lost in the process of evolution cannot reappear in that line of organisms. However, in the last decade, scientists have identified several attributes that have apparently "re-evolved" in certain organisms. Most recently, scientists studying frog fossils and DNA sequences concluded that frogs lost their mandibular teeth more than 230 million years ago, but they reappeared in Gastrotheca guentheri within the past 20 million years. The findings raise questions about whether complex traits are actually lost in evolution or can resurface in the future. More...
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