Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

inanimate

Definition:(adjective) Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms.
Synonyms:pulseless, breathless
Usage: I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
Article of the Day

Human Eye Color

Eye color is a genetic trait determined primarily by the amount and type of pigments present in the iris. There are three true colors in eyes—brown, yellow, and gray—that combine to produce a number of hues. Variations in color are attributed to varying ratios of melanin. Of the major eye colors, brown is the most common, followed by blue. The rarest, green, is possessed by just two percent of the human population. What condition can cause a person to have two different eye colors? More...
This Day in History

World's First Communications Satellite Launched (1958)

Today, communications satellites are widely used to provide internet access, TV and radio broadcasting, and mobile telephone service, even to areas where traditional cable service is unfeasible. The first such satellite, launched by the US Air Force, was Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment). It was equipped with two tape recorders—each with a four-minute capacity—and batteries that would last for 12 days. What was the first message broadcast from the satellite? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Grimaldi (1778)

Grimaldi was an English actor who is considered the inventor of the modern clown character. He made his debut as a young child at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, and for years he performed there and at Drury Lane. By the time he starred in Harlequin Mother Goose at Covent Garden in 1806, he was a legend. He is credited with introducing the white makeup now commonly worn by clowns. Exhausted by the physical exertion of clowning, he died in 1837. What famous author edited his memoirs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

let's get something straight

set phrase Let's clear up any possible confusion, misunderstanding, or uncertainty (about something); let me make this perfectly clear. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Modesto's Day (2017)

St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. More...
In the News

This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but it's still alive and kicking

We all thought it would only survive for a few months when it was born in a blast of ash in January 2015. The island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, emerged from the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga, rising nearly 400 feet above the sea, directly between the ... More...
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