Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

despondency

Definition:(noun) Depression of spirits from loss of hope, confidence, or courage; dejection.
Synonyms:despondence, disconsolateness
Usage: He slipped through all the grades of despondency until he reached a bottom of absolute gloom.
Article of the Day

Sea Sponges

Sponges are sessile, mostly marine animals from the phylum Porifera. Until the 18th century, scientists classified them as plants because they demonstrated so little movement. More than 4,500 living species, which reproduce through both sexual and asexual means, have been documented. Sponges are colonial in nature, living in groups that may grow to 5 feet (150 cm) in diameter. In common usage, the term "sponge" refers to what part of this aquatic animal? More...
This Day in History

Montreal Protocol Signed to Protect the Ozone Layer (1987)

The Montreal Protocol was enacted in response to the discovery that the ozone layer—which shields life on Earth from harmful radiation—was diminishing. Signed by the majority of the world's nations, the treaty mandates the decreased use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and has been amended several times based on new scientific data. By 1993, CFC production had dropped dramatically. If the agreement is followed, the ozone layer is expected to recover by what year? More...
Today's Birthday

B.B. King (1925)

A singer and guitarist born into a sharecropping family in the Mississippi Delta region of the US, King began playing guitar at 12. He worked as a radio DJ in Memphis before coming to prominence as a guitarist in 1952. He has toured widely, averaging over 300 shows a year for nearly 30 years. King famously named his guitar Lucille after a woman who inspired a fight at one of his concerts that ended with the venue burning down. King's first name is Riley. What does B.B. stand for? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

leather-lunged

(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. More...
Today's Holiday

Mexico Festival of Independence (2017)

At 11 o'clock on the night of September 15 in Mexico City, the president appears on the balcony of the National Palace and proclaims the famous Grito de Dolores ("cry of Dolores")—the "call to freedom" that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used to rouse the peasant population to fight for their independence in 1810. The people respond by cheering Viva México! and shooting off fireworks. The following day is Independence Day, which is celebrated with fireworks, the ringing of cathedral bells, and a huge military parade. More...
In the News

Even Children on Tricycles Should Wear Helmets, Researchers Say

For the past decade, we've drilled into children that when they ride a bike, they need to wear a helmet. Now scientists say it may be too late: Tricycle riders should be wearing them, too. Think this is a case of safety overkill? Authors of a new ... More...
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