Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

sinewy

Definition:(adjective) (Of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.
Synonyms:brawny, hefty, muscular
Usage: She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling against the leaping beast like a huge, animate battering ram.
Article of the Day

The Knockout

A knockout is a blow that renders a person unconscious. Knocking out one's opponent is one way to win a match in combat sports like boxing and mixed martial arts. A typical knockout—like anesthesia—results in a sustained loss of consciousness and memory. Repeated knockouts can cause brain injury. A "technical knockout" can be declared by a referee when a fighter cannot stand or cannot safely continue to fight, even if he or she is still conscious. What causes loss of consciousness in a knockout? More...
This Day in History

Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In an nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka (2017)

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More...
In the News

WHO Says Diesel Exhaust Definitely Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that exhaust from diesel engines is definitely a cause of lung cancer in humans. The IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, had previously labeled diesel exhaust fumes as "probably carcinogenic." The new label is based on research on workers in high-risk occupations, such as truck driving and mining. Such workers are believed to have a 40 percent higher chance of developing lung cancer. However, the expert panel recommends that everyone avoid exposure to diesel exhaust. More...
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