Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

caravansary

Definition:(noun) An inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans.
Synonyms:khan
Usage: A steady stream of travelers both arriving and leaving kept the caravansary bustling well into the night.
Article of the Day

Black Swans

In Europe, where there are no black swans, the bird was historically thought to be an impossibility, leading to its use as a metaphor for something that does not exist. Then, in 1697, Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh sighted one on a river in Australia, where it is found in wetlands. Today, it is an important cultural symbol of Western Australia, where its image has been used on stamps, signs, currency, and the state flag. How does the black swan appear in the legends of aboriginal peoples? More...
This Day in History

Lockheed SR-71 Flies from New York to London in Under Two Hours (1974)

Shrouded in secrecy, the SR-71 Blackbird was a US reconnaissance plane used from the 1960s through the 90s. Difficult to detect by radar and virtually untouchable by anti-aircraft missiles, it flew at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet (26,000 m). Its existence was publicly acknowledged in 1964. A decade later, an SR-71 flew from New York to London in just under 1 hour and 55 minutes, crushing the previous record. What life support measures kept the crew alive? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reuther (1907)

Reuther was a US labor leader. As a local union leader in Detroit, Michigan, he helped organize sit-down strikes that made the United Automobile Workers (UAW) a power in the auto industry. He was president of the UAW from 1946 until his 1970 death in a plane crash. He was an architect of the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). What role did Reuther play in the so-called Chicken War between the US and Europe in the 1960s? More...
Quotation of the Day
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

the last of the lot

The last or final person(s) or thing(s) in a given group or list. More...
Today's Holiday

Partridge Day (2017)

This is traditionally the day on which the partridge-hunting season opens in England. Just as Grouse Day in Scotland (Glorious Twelfth) was often referred to as St. Grouse's Day, Partridge Day was sometimes called St. Partridge's Day. More...
In the News

Genome Reveals Secrets of Ancient Human Relative

By analyzing the DNA from just a tiny finger bone, scientists have sequenced the genome of an ancient human relative in unprecedented detail. Initial analysis of the bone fragment, found in a cave in Siberia in 2010, revealed that it was from neither a Neanderthal nor a modern human but from the first of a new group of ancient humans now known as Denisovans. They are believed to have died out about 30,000 years ago. The genome, which researchers say is as accurate as modern human genomes, shows that the bone came from a girl who lived approximately 80,000 years ago and had brown eyes, hair and skin. More...
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