Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

roster

Definition:(noun) A list, especially of names.
Synonyms:roll
Usage: The spy's mission was to compile a roster of officials amenable to bribery.
Article of the Day

Mark "Chopper" Read

Read was an Australian criminal and author. He committed numerous crimes, including armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping and spent only 13 months outside of jail between the ages of 20 and 38. He used his criminal and prison exploits as fodder for a bestselling series of true-crime books. In them, he tells of attacking a judge, robbing drug dealers, torturing members of the criminal underworld, and starting a prison war. What children's book written by Read was the target of an attempted ban? 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
Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!

John Milton (1608-1674)

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

Plane Flies Along Antarctica's Giant Larsen Crack

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has released new footage of the ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg. The 175km-long fissure runs through the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. If it propagates just 20km ... More...
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