Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

petiole

Definition:(noun) The slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf.
Synonyms:leafstalk
Usage: Beth pruned her plants methodically, snipping dead leaves at their petioles and throwing them in the compost.
Article of the Day

Equestrian Vaulting

Equestrian vaulting is a sport in which gymnastic routines are performed on horseback while the horse trots in a fixed circle. The horse is fitted with a special pad with handles to aid performers in their routines. Athletes mount the horse as it is moving, and perform individually or in groups as the horse trots or canters in a wide circle. Though it is especially popular in Europe, the sport is practiced competitively in countries around the world. Is equestrian vaulting an Olympic sport? More...
This Day in History

Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child's nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

To make or hold someone, especially a group of people, responsible for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Joust of the Quintain (Giostra della Quintana) (2017)

In the 17th century a tournament known as the Joust of the Quintain was held in Foligno, Perugia, Italy, to commemorate the equestrian exercises of the early Roman legionnaires. The tournament was revived in 1946, adhering as closely as possible to the original rules. Early Sunday morning there is a parade of people in Renaissance dress, accompanied by musicians and dancers. Ten "knights" representing the city's 10 districts gallop past the statue of Mars and try to remove the ring in its outstretched hand by spearing it with the tip of a lance. More...
In the News

Cheetah Robot Bests Bolt's Sprint Speed

A four-legged robot developed through funding from the US military is able to run faster than the fastest human. The robot, named Cheetah, set a new world speed record for legged robots, reaching 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h) during a treadmill test run. By comparison, the world's fastest human, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has a top speed of 27.78 mph (44.7 km/h). The robot's design is based in part on the anatomy of cheetahs, which, as the fastest land animals, are able to attain speeds up to 75 mph (121 km/h). More...
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