Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

two-piece

Definition:(noun) A woman's very brief bathing suit.
Synonyms:bikini
Usage: Kristen changed into her two-piece and jumped into the pool.
Article of the Day

Woman in the Moon

One of the first serious science fiction movies, Fritz Lang's 1929 Woman in the Moon blends science and melodrama in a tale of love and intrigue on a lunar expedition. The silent film was made with advice from some of Germany's leading rocketry experts and was remarkably prescient despite the fact that it was created 40 years before the lunar landing and depicted the Moon as having a breathable atmosphere. What launch procedure introduced in this film is still used in rocketry today? More...
This Day in History

Yellowstone National Park Established (1872)

Before Ferdinand Hayden's extensive geological exploration of the Yellowstone area in 1871, many doubted the stories of prior European explorers describing a remarkable landscape dotted with geysers and boiling springs. Paintings and photographs from Hayden's expedition helped convince Congress to make Yellowstone the US's first national park, and it now draws millions of visitors each year. Why do park officials refrain from extinguishing wildfires that pose no immediate threat to human life? More...
Today's Birthday

Alton Glenn Miller (1904)

Miller was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. He worked as a freelance musician in New York City before forming his own big band in 1938. It soon became one of swing's most popular groups, known for hits such as "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and led the US Air Force band. In 1944, while flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and Miller was never found. What are the theories about what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

hit (something) out of the (ball)park

To do or perform something extraordinarily well; to produce or earn an exceptional achievement. An allusion to hitting a home run in baseball that lands outside the stadium. More...
Today's Holiday

Martenitza (Baba Marta) (2017)

Every year on March 1, people in Bulgaria present each other with martenitzas—two joined tassels of red-and-white woolen thread symbolizing health and happiness. In some regions, women dress completely in red on this day. In northeastern Bulgaria, the lady of the house traditionally tosses a red cloth over a fruit tree, or spreads a red woolen cloth on the fields for fertility. In stock-breeding areas, a red-and-white thread is tied to the cattle. Bulgaria is the only country where this particular fertility custom seems to have survived. More...
In the News

North Korea Agrees to Halt Nuclear Activities

North Korea has agreed to suspend all nuclear activities and stop testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of US food aid. In addition, North Korea will allow nuclear inspectors from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its main nuclear complex. The concessions are an encouraging sign that nuclear tensions in the region could be eased under the leadership of Kim Jong Un and are an important first step along the path to resuming disarmament negotiations. More...
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