Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

goggle

Definition:(verb) Look with amazement; look stupidly.
Synonyms:gape, gawk, gawp
Usage: He goggled at her in astonishment.
Article of the Day

The Centennial Light

The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb. Housed at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Livermore, California, the bulb was donated to the department in 1901. The longevity of the four-watt, carbon-filament, hand-blown bulb has been recognized by several sources, including Guinness World Records. It has reportedly only been turned off a handful of times, and it has been on continuously since it was switched off for 22 minutes in 1976 for what reason? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Submarine Attacks US Mainland (1942)

With the exception of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US was able to largely avoid fighting WWII on home soil, mainly because of its relative geographical isolation. However, Japan attacked the West Coast of the US several times. In 1942, a Japanese submarine fired at Fort Stevens in Oregon in the first and only attack on a mainland US military installation during the war. The shells damaged phone cables and a baseball backstop, but the fort's gunners were ordered not to return fire. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Therese McCarthy (1912)

McCarthy began her storied writing career as a drama critic for the Partisan Review in the 1930s, gaining a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity—qualities that are evident in her later works of satirical fiction as well as in her personal life. She engaged other authors in public feuds and repeatedly took contentious literary and political stands. Author Lillian Hellman filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against McCarthy after she made what comment about Hellman's writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

in no way, shape, or form

In no possible manner; under no circumstances; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
In the News

Violence against Women a Worldwide Epidemic

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling violence against women "a global health problem of epidemic proportions." According to a new report, more than a third of women around the globe are subjected to physical or sexual violence, and the vast majority of them suffer this abuse at the hands of their partners. Intimate partners are also responsible for nearly two-fifths of the murders of women worldwide. The WHO is calling on world health officials to make combating this pervasive problem a priority. More...
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