Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

nyctalopia

Definition:(noun) Inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder.
Synonyms:moon blindness, night blindness
Usage: Sharon's nyctalopia was so severe that she needed a flashlight to find light switches at night.
Article of the Day

Blood Brothers

Many cultures around the world have long held that unrelated people can be bound to each other as kin through a ceremony in which their blood is mingled. The Scythians mixed participants' blood with wine and drank it from a shared cup, while the Lydians licked the blood from each other's nicked forearms. Blood brother ceremonies persist even today, though they have fallen out of favor due to the risk of disease. In Greece, what tradition establishes blood brotherhood without any actual blood? More...
This Day in History

Samuel Colt Issued Patent for His Revolving Gun (1836)

Colt did not invent the revolver, but his design was the first practical, working version of one, and he developed assembly-line techniques that drove down manufacturing costs. Even so, securing funding for his novel production system proved difficult, and his fledgling company struggled and eventually folded. He then turned to work on underwater mines and telegraph lines. In 1847, Colt reestablished his gun manufacturing business after what famous lawman placed an order for 1,000 revolvers? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs (1918)

Riggs began playing tennis at the age of 11, won Wimbledon when he was 21, and became one of the top-rated male tennis players of the 1940s. He retired in the early 1950s and was largely forgotten until 1973, when he proclaimed men superior to women in athletics and came out of retirement to challenge two of the top female tennis players in the world. After beating Margaret Court, he played Billie Jean King in one of the most famous tennis events of all time, "The Battle of the Sexes." Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
I do know my own mind…The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

he-man

A particularly strong, tough, and/or virile male, especially one who likes to flaunt his strength. More...
Today's Holiday

American Birkebeiner (2017)

The "Birkie" started in 1973 as a cross-country ski race from Hayward, Wisconsin, to the neighboring town of Cable, with only 35 skiers competing. Now it is the largest and most prestigious cross-country ski race in North America and attracts top skiers from all over the world. Other races held during the three-day festival include the Barnebirkie (for children) and the 10K Family Fun Ski. The American Birkebeiner is part of the Worldloppet, an international series of marathon races, and was patterned after the Birkebeiner Rennet in Lillehammer, Norway. More...
In the News

Faulty Equipment Could Be Behind Recent Neutrino Find

Months ago, researchers made headlines when they claimed to have recorded subatomic particles called neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. The research threatened to undermine a key part of Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, which asserts that nothing in the universe can travel faster than light. However, the team has now identified two potential problems with their experimental equipment that could have affected their results. Researchers found a loose cable that could have caused the neutrinos' speed to be registered as faster than it actually was, but they also found a problem in the timing system that could have had the opposite effect. More...
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