Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

husbandman

Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Synonyms:farmer, granger, sodbuster
Usage: The husbandman will not make his own plough or mattock, or other implements of agriculture, if they are to be good for anything.
Article of the Day

Escape from Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III was a German prisoner-of-war camp in Poland during WWII that at one time housed some 10,000 allied airmen. It is best known for the 1944 tunneling escape immortalized in the book and film The Great Escape, which recount the true story of a group of prisoners who dug three escape shafts using ventilation ducts, air pumps, electric lights, and even a rail car system to move the dirt. How many of the 76 men who emerged from the one finished tunnel ultimately reached safety? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

keep in step with the times

To be, strive to be, or appear to be contemporary, fashionable, and/or relevant in modern times. More...
Today's Holiday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (2017)

This ceremony has been held each year since 1947 at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The peace ceremony is held in the evening, when the city's citizens set thousands of lanterns adrift on the Ota River and prayers are offered for world peace. Memorial services are also held throughout the world. More...
In the News

Scientists Have Just Seen Birds Sleep during Flight for the First Time Ever

Scientists have been able to observe birds falling asleep mid-flight for the first time - an ability that's long been suspected but never been proven. But even though researchers had thought this might be the case, the new research shows that the way ... More...
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