Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 7, 2014)
Word of the Day

rambunctious

Definition:(adjective) Noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline.
Synonyms:boisterous, robustious, unruly
Usage: I can hardly believe that the staid businessman standing before me was once the rambunctious playmate of my youth.
Article of the Day

The Maypole

The maypole is the center of activity during the celebration of May Day. The tall wooden pole is often decorated with flowers, greenery, and streamers. Dancers hold the loose ends of the streamers and weave intricate patterns as they encircle the pole and pass each other in dance. May Day festivities also include a May king and queen and people carrying garlands. The maypole probably originated in ancient fertility rites, but its symbolism has long been debated. What are some interpretations? More...
This Day in History

Galileo Galilei Discovers Three of Jupiter's Four Largest Moons (1610)

Jupiter has more than 60 moons. The four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—were the first satellites of a planet other than Earth to be detected. They were discovered by Galileo in 1610, shortly after he invented the telescope, and are therefore known as the Galilean satellites. On January 7, 1610, Galileo observed near Jupiter what he described at the time as "three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness." How long did it take Galileo to discover the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Zora Neale Hurston (1891)

An anthropologist, folklorist, and author, Hurston spent much of her life collecting African-American folktales in the rural South and in other places, such as Haiti, Bermuda, and Honduras. She was a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and collaborated with her friend Langston Hughes on the play Mule Bone in 1931. Along with her folklore collections, she also wrote four novels, including the influential Their Eyes Were Watching God. Why did the book inspire controversy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

hit the rocks

To encounter an especially difficult, troubled, or low point, as in a relationship or some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Russian Orthodox) (2017)

This celebration of the birth of Jesus is observed by the Russian Orthodox Church under the Julian calendar, which trails behind the Gregorian calendar by 13 days. In 1991, after the Soviet Union had been officially dissolved, Christmas was observed openly and as a state holiday in Russia for the first time in 70 years. In Moscow, banners were strung up and Nativity scenes were displayed in Red Square. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands jammed Red Square for performances by choirs and bellringers and gala fireworks. Midnight services were celebrated in churches. More...
In the News

Science Teacher's 90-Day McDonald's Diet

A science teacher taught his class a valuable lesson about food choices by eating three meals a day at McDonald's for 90 days, but what that lesson was might surprise you. For months, John Cisna ate all of his meals at the fast food restaurant, yet he lost weight—37 lb (17 kg)—and saw his cholesterol level drop 79 points. He accomplished this by sticking to a meal plan devised by his students that kept his daily caloric intake to about 2,000 calories and his intake of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and other nutrients near recommended levels. He also took up walking 45 minutes a day. His message to students: "It's our choices that make us fat, not McDonald's." More...
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