Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 08, 2015)
Word of the Day

unadulterated

Definition:(adjective) Not mingled or diluted with extraneous matter.
Synonyms:pure
Usage: Because she did not like artificial or diluted flavors, she made sure to purchase unadulterated maple syrup.
Article of the Day

Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is a well-known television game show which first ran on NBC in 1964. Its most successful incarnation is the current Alex Trebek-hosted syndicated version, which has aired continuously since September 10, 1984. The Jeopardy! concept of presenting clues in the form of answers was created by Merv Griffin, who also created Wheel of Fortune. Why is the show called Jeopardy!? More...
This Day in History

Downed US Air Force Pilot Rescued in Bosnia (1995)

On June 2, 1995, US Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady was enforcing a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when his F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and, for the next six days, survived in the wilderness by eating leaves and ants. During that time, he avoided capture by Serb patrols and made contact with US forces. The Marines then mounted a daring rescue and brought him home. The 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines is loosely based on O'Grady's ordeal. Why did he sue the filmmakers? More...
Today's Birthday

Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916)

While working in a research lab at Cambridge after WWII, Crick helped discover the molecular structure of DNA. It was one of the most important scientific findings of the century, and he shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work. He also clarified how cells use DNA to build proteins. During WWII, he was deflected from his original course of research after a bomb hit his lab. Crick later said he had been studying "the dullest problem imaginable" at the time. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

have a yen for (something)

To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Carillon Festival (2017)

The International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, attracts carillonneurs from France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as from the United States. The centerpiece of the festival is the Rees Memorial Carillon. The festival, instituted in 1962, features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and other compositions arranged for the carillon. The performances take place in Springfield's Washington Park, where listeners can sit the recommended 300 or more feet away. More...
In the News

Man Gets World's First Skull and Scalp Transplant, Plus New Kidney

James Boysen was falling apart when he went into surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital two weeks ago. His pancreas was damaged, his kidney was deteriorating and he had a radiation wound in his head that refused to heal. The 55-year-old left the ... More...
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