Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

leave-taking

Definition:(noun) The act of departing politely.
Synonyms:parting, farewell
Usage: Captain Rawdon himself was much more affected at the leave-taking than the resolute little woman to whom he bade farewell.
Article of the Day

Giant Sea Scorpions

Eurypterids are members of an extinct order of arthropods that lived approximately 505 to 245 million years ago. Frequently referred to as giant scorpions, most eurypterids were small, although Pterygotus buffaloenis, a species from the Silurian period, was the largest arthropod ever known, reaching a length of about 10 ft (3 m). Living in brackish waters, some were predators, while others were probably scavengers. Eurypterids were similar in body plan to what modern sea creature? More...
This Day in History

Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)

Catherine of Aragon is known as the first of King Henry VIII's six wives, but before they were wed, she was married to his older brother Arthur. Catherine was the youngest daughter of Spain's Ferdinand II and Isabella I, and her marriage to Arthur was primarily political. In fact, Arthur and Catherine were married by proxy before they had even met, in a ceremony attended by their representatives. The marriage was short-lived, as Arthur died young. When did Arthur and Catherine finally meet? More...
Today's Birthday

Malcolm X (1925)

Malcolm X was an African-American activist. His home was burned by the KKK when he was a child, and he joined the Nation of Islam in prison as an adult. Upon his release in 1952, he renounced his "slave name," Little, and took the surname X, representing his lost African ancestral surname. He became a minister and soon rose to prominence campaigning for black separatism, but he publicly broke with the militant Black Muslims in 1964 after a pilgrimage to Mecca. Who assassinated him the next year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

keep (someone) in the loop

To keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Dunstan's Day (2017)

St. Dunstan (c. 909-988) was the archbishop of Canterbury. According to legend, one day when Dunstan was working at the monastery forge, he looked up and saw the devil peering at him through the window. He quickly pulled the red-hot tongs from the coals and grabbed the devil's nose with them, refusing to let go until he promised not to tempt him any more. Howling in pain, Satan ran and dipped his nose in nearby Tunbridge Wells to cool it off, which is why the water there is sulphurous. St. Dunstan is the patron saint of blacksmiths, jewelers, and locksmiths. More...
In the News

US Adopts Plan to Protect Bats from Deadly Fungus

A nationwide plan involving more than 100 federal, state, and tribal agencies and scientific researchers is being implemented in the US to try to combat a fungal disease that has killed more than a million bats and is still spreading. Thus far, white-nose syndrome has been found in 16 states and three Canadian provinces. Decontamination protocols have been developed to reduce transmission of the fungus, monitoring strategies have been devised, and procedures for diagnosing the condition are now in place. Experts worry that failing to halt the fungus' spread could have wide-reaching repercussions for the ecosystem. More...
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