Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

blabbermouth

Definition:(noun) Someone who gossips indiscreetly.
Synonyms:talebearer, tattler, tattletale
Usage: If you share that secret with a blabbermouth like Joe, then he will turn around and share it with anyone who will listen.
Article of the Day

Sexual Cannibalism

Sexual cannibalism is the phenomenon in which an organism—typically a female arachnid, insect, or amphipod—kills and eats another member of the same species before, during, or after copulation. By consuming her partner, the female may gain certain nutritional benefits, and by staying long enough to allow himself to be eaten, the male may increase his chances of reproducing. Still, the practice is not entirely advantageous, so some males have developed what clever techniques to avoid being eaten? More...
This Day in History

The National Basketball Association Is Founded (1949)

Prior to 1949, there were two main rival basketball organizations in the US—the National Basketball League, which had been founded in 1937, and the Basketball Association of America, which had been founded nearly a decade later. They merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 and racially integrated the following year. In 1995, the NBA expanded to include two Canadian teams, and in 1996, a women's league was founded. What rule, instituted in 1954, encouraged more shooting? More...
Today's Birthday

Elisha Graves Otis (1811)

By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis's elevators? More...
Quotation of the Day
Giving comfort under affliction requires that penetration into the human mind, joined to that experience which knows how to soothe, how to reason, and how to ridicule; taking the utmost care never to apply those arts improperly.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

keep a cool head

To maintain a calm demeanor and think clearly in a difficult, stressful, or troubling situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi (2017)

The Hindu Ekadashi, or 11th-day fast, known as Putrada Ekadashi is observed primarily by parents who want to produce a son. A fast is observed, Vishnu is worshipped and meditated upon, and the Brahmans are fed and presented with robes and money. Fasting and piety on this day are believed to ensure the conception of a boy, especially for those who sleep in the same room where Vishnu has been worshipped. More...
In the News

Michael Phelps, Winningest Olympian of All Time

American swimmer Michael Phelps awed the world when he won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and while his performance in London has not matched that, he has set some impressive new records at this year's games. He failed to medal in his first event but earned two silvers and two golds in his next four, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time as well as the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics. He now holds the record for most Olympic gold medals, 16, as well as total Olympic medals, 20, and he still has two more events to complete. More...
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