Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

dramatist

Definition:(noun) Someone who writes plays.
Synonyms:playwright
Usage: My goal as a dramatist is to have my plays live on long after I am gone.
Article of the Day

Human Echolocation

Used by some blind people to navigate the world, human echolocation is a technique for establishing the locations and shapes of nearby objects by making sounds and interpreting the echoes that result. Sound-producing methods include tapping a cane, stamping, or making clicking noises with one's mouth. This sort of echolocation can provide blind practitioners with enough information to identify large objects by ear alone. What are some feats that blind people have accomplished using echolocation? More...
This Day in History

Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888)

One of America's greatest playwrights, O'Neill spent his youth as a heavy-drinking, itinerant seaman, then began writing plays while recovering from tuberculosis in 1912. Within a decade, he had won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. Extremely prolific, he wrote passionate works about tortured family relationships and spiritual conflict, including Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. Both of his sons committed suicide, and he disowned his daughter for marrying whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

like (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). More...
Today's Holiday

World Food Day (2017)

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More...
In the News

Skydiver Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier

On Sunday, exactly 65 years after US test pilot Chuck Yeager surpassed the speed of sound for the first time in an aircraft, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner set his own incredible record, becoming the first skydiver in history to break the sound barrier in free fall. He reached a top speed of 833.9 mph (1,342 km/h), or Mach 1.24, after jumping from a record 128,100 ft (24 mi; 39 km) up in the stratosphere. Baumgartner's feat also broke the record for highest altitude skydive, previously held by Joseph Kittinger, who acted as an advisor on this latest jump. More...
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