Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

whirlybird

Definition:(noun) An aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades.
Synonyms:eggbeater, helicopter, chopper
Usage: The boy's remote-controlled whirlybird zipped across the lawn and over the backyard fence.
Article of the Day

Sword Swallowing

Dating to ancient times, sword swallowing is a performance art in which an entertainer passes a sword through the mouth and down the esophagus to the stomach. It is not an illusion. Because real swords are used, it is a dangerous practice that can take years of mental and physical training to safely master. Sword swallowers can suffer potentially fatal injuries, such as perforated organs, while performing. How have their unique abilities made them historically useful in medical research? More...
This Day in History

King Macbeth Is Killed (1057)

Macbeth was originally a governor and military commander under Scottish King Duncan I, whose ancestors had seized power from the ancestors of Macbeth's wife. Macbeth ascended to the throne by killing Duncan in battle in 1040 and ruled Scotland for the next 18 years. In 1057, Macbeth was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan by Duncan's son Malcolm. Malcolm was crowned king the following year. Is Shakespeare's famous tragedy about Macbeth historically accurate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Walter Scott (1771)

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is widely regarded as both the inventor of the historical novel and one of the genre's greatest writers. His extremely popular "Waverley" series consists of more than two dozen romances of Scottish life. The first, published in 1814, was an immediate success, yet Scott continued to write anonymously until 1827. In 1825, his business nearly failed. By what means did he attempt to stave off bankruptcy, eventually achieving financial solvency after his own death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses,—for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

be knocking on heaven's door

To be dying; to be approaching or very close to death (i.e., about to be admitted into the afterlife). More...
Today's Holiday

Korea Liberation Day (2017)

This Korean holiday commemorates the surrender of Japan to the Allies in 1945, liberating Korea from Japan's 35-year occupation. The day also commemorates the formal proclamation of the Republic of Korea in South Korea in 1948, but it is a national holiday in both Koreas. More...
In the News

Fossils Confirm Existence of Other Human Species

In 1972, a team led by anthropologist Richard Leakey and his wife, zoologist Meave Leakey, discovered a human fossil in Kenya unlike any other. Dated to about two million years ago, the find suggested that at least two species of human coexisted in Africa at the time. The discovery of three new fossil specimens that share a number of features with the 1972 specimen, known as KNM-ER 1470, further confirms this hypothesis and strongly indicates that the evolutionary path from primate to modern human was not strictly linear but in fact included a number of branches. More...
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