Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

skinflint

Definition:(noun) A selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend.
Synonyms:scrooge, churl, niggard
Usage: He had earned for himself the reputation of an awful skinflint, of a miser in the matter of living.
Article of the Day

The Philosopher's Stone

Long sought as the "holy grail" of Western alchemy, the philosopher's stone is a legendary substance that is supposedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold and is believed by some to have the power to restore youth. At one time, alchemists believed a key ingredient of the stone was a mythical element called "carmot." According to legend, to whom did 13th-century scientist Albertus Magnus give the philosopher's stone after discovering it shortly before his death? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of the Eiger's North Face (1938)

Switzerland's Eiger mountain was first summited in 1858, but the sheer north face of the 13,025-foot (3,970-m) Alpine peak was not successfully climbed until 1938, when two independent pairs of climbers met on the face, joined forces, and reached the summit as a team. It has been climbed many times since, sadly with many fatalities, which, due to the cliff's high visibility, occur in full view of nearby villages. Since 1935, how many people have died climbing the Eiger's so-called Murder Wall? More...
Today's Birthday

Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? More...
Quotation of the Day
The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen of either.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

jug-eared

Having ears that stick out markedly from the side of the head, thus resembling the handles of a jug. More...
Today's Holiday

Hurricane Supplication Day (2017)

Observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John—Hurricane Supplication Day marks the beginning of the hurricane season. Special church services are held to pray for safety from the storms that ravage these and other Caribbean islands. The custom probably dates back to the "rogation" ceremonies (from the word rogare, meaning "to beg or supplicate"), which began in fifth-century England. Rogations usually followed a frightening series of storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. More...
In the News

What Made the Right Eye of the 'Man in the Moon'?

Where did the "Man in the Moon" come from, that fabled face that stares down at us from the lunar surface? We may not have all the answers, but new research has at least shed some light on one of the eyes – his right one, to be exact. Or, the left one, if ... More...
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