Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

superable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being surmounted or excelled.
Synonyms:conquerable
Usage: Bankruptcy is unpleasant, to say the least, but it is a superable problem.
Article of the Day

Colma, CA

There is a good reason the motto of residents of Colma, California, is "It's great to be alive in Colma!" The Bay Area city was founded as a necropolis in 1924 and is now home to 18 cemeteries—17 for humans and one for pets—containing the final resting places of Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and William Randolph Hearst, among many others. Most of the city's land is devoted to memorial parks. What city once passed an ordinance evicting all of its cemeteries, resulting in their relocation to Colma? More...
This Day in History

Lowest Temperature in History Recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica (1983)

Located near the magnetic South Pole, Russia's Vostok Research Station in Antarctica experiences three straight months of polar night every year from April to August, a period during which the Sun does not rise. In 1983, in the dead of southern winter and polar night, Vostok experienced the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, a chilling -128.56 degrees F (-89.2 degrees C). December 1989 was the warmest month ever recorded at Vostok. On average, how warm was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Isaac Stern (1920)

Born in Ukraine, Stern came to the US as an infant and began studying violin as a child. He made his New York debut at 17 and toured extensively after World War II. A cultural ambassador, he performed in the Soviet Union and China as one of the world's top violin virtuosos. In 1960, he formed a famous trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose. Stern helped establish the National Endowment for the Arts and is noted for having saved what landmark institution from demolition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

Johnny One-Note

Someone who repeatedly expresses or maintains a strong opinion on a single or a few particular subjects. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Hemingway Days Festival (2017)

This week-long celebration of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), the American novelist and short-story writer, is held in Key West, Florida. The festival has been held since 1980 during the week of Hemingway's birthday, July 21. Hemingway made his home in Key West at one time, and his novel, To Have and Have Not (1937), is set there. Events include a street fair, a Hemingway look-alike contest, a fishing tournament, an arm-wrestling competition, and a party and concert at the Hemingway Home and Museum. More...
In the News

Cancer-Sniffing Surgical Knife Could Improve Outcomes

A new electrosurgical knife that uses heat to cut through tissue and then almost instantly analyzes the smoke given off for signs of cancer could revolutionize the practice of oncological surgery. Removing cancerous growths is a difficult task, and cancer patients frequently end up needing a second operation to remove bits of tumor missed during the first. The knife's developers believe it will cut down on the length of cancer surgeries, improve accuracy in the operating room, and improve outcomes overall. More...
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