Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

adorable

Definition:(adjective) Lovable especially in a childlike or naive way.
Synonyms:endearing, lovely
Usage: She frowned at his facetiousness—a pretty, adorable frown that made him put his arm around her and kiss it away.
Article of the Day

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is a sport similar to snowboarding, except that instead of sliding down the side of a snowy mountain, participants slide down sand dunes—some of which can be hundreds of feet high. For practical reasons, it is most prevalent in desert or coastal regions, and several sandboarding competitions and championships are held around the world. One significant drawback to boarding on sand instead of snow is that, unlike on mountains, dune riders do not have what convenience? More...
This Day in History

Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Today's Birthday

John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Quotation of the Day
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (2017)

The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. More...
In the News

Physics Study Finds Fatal Flaw in Batman's Cape

A group of physics students from the University of Leicester dealt a crushing blow to Batman fans around the globe with their assertion that although the caped-crusader would be able to glide from tall buildings, the impact of landing would probably kill him. The students based their calculations on the cape worn by the crime-fighter in the 2005 film Batman Begins. Their paper, titled "Trajectory of a falling Batman," notes that if Batman were to leap from the top of a 492-ft- (150-m-) tall building, his cape's 15-ft (4.7-m) wingspan would support a 1,148-ft (350-m) glide, but he would end up hitting the ground at a likely fatal 50 mph (80.5 km/h). More...
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