Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

frequency

Definition:(noun) The number of occurrences within a given time period.
Synonyms:oftenness
Usage: The frequency of his seizures increased as he grew older.
Article of the Day

Apiculture

Apiculture is the practice of beekeeping—the care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry. Early efforts at collecting honey required destroying the hive. However, modern beekeepers are able to extract the cells of the honeycomb without damaging them. To collect honey, beekeepers need a veiled helmet for protection and a smoker, which does what? More...
This Day in History

The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)

In 1920, meteorologists did not have modern forecasting equipment, and there was no storm warning system in place in the US. Thus, when an outbreak of storms began near dawn on March 28, 1920, few were prepared for the devastation that followed. Some 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured that day by at least 38 recorded tornadoes in the deep South and the Midwest. Why is it likely that both the total number of tornadoes as well as the actual death toll were underreported? More...
Today's Birthday

Freddie Bartholomew (1924)

Abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by a British aunt whose last name he took, Bartholomew was a successful child actor in Hollywood during the 1930s. He appeared in such films as Little Lord Fauntleroy, Captains Courageous, and David Copperfield, which propelled him to fame at the age of 10. After he became successful, his biological parents launched a protracted and expensive court battle to regain custody of the child star that lasted for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

not have all day

To be in a rush; to not have much or any time to spare. Usually used in the present tense. More...
Today's Holiday

Nyepi (2017)

The people of Bali in Indonesia celebrate the Vernal Equinox and the New Year by driving the devils out of the villages and then observing a day of stillness, known as Nyepi or Njepi. It is believed that when spring arrives and the rainy season ends, the Lord of Hell, Yama, sweeps the devils out of Hades. The devils then fall on Bali, making it necessary to purify the entire island. The following day, Nyepi, marks the start of the New Year and the arrival of spring. It is observed with the suspension of all activity: no cooking or fires, no sexual intercourse, and no work of any kind are permitted. More...
In the News

FYI, Oxford English Dictionary Adds Abbreviations

LOL, FYI, and OMG have made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. Though the abbreviations, short for "laughing out loud," "for your information," and "oh my god," are associated with modern electronic communication methods, some of them existed long before the technology was developed. For example, "OMG" was being used as early as 1917. Other entries added to the dictionary include IMHO, short for "in my humble opinion" and the phrase "muffin top," defined as the top part of a muffin or "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers." The dictionary also now recognizes the word heart, commonly represented by a symbol, as a verb meaning "to love." More...
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