Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

doyen

Definition:(noun) The senior member of a group, profession, or society.
Synonyms:dean
Usage: Raffles regarded me with that tantalizing smile of his...and in a flash I was convinced that our most jealous enemy and dangerous rival, the doyen of an older school, had paid him yet another visit.
Article of the Day

The Seabees

The Seabees are a US Navy unit whose name derives from the two-letter abbreviation of their official title: Construction Battalions. The unit was founded at the start of WWII, and before it was over, more than 325,000 Seabees had fought and built airstrips, bridges, roads, warehouses, hospitals, and housing on six continents and hundreds of islands. Seabees have served in every major conflict since and participate in peacetime goodwill missions. How many Seabees currently serve in the Navy? More...
This Day in History

First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Chain Reaction Is Demonstrated (1942)

Constructed under an abandoned stand of bleachers at the University of Chicago, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor was little more than a pile of uranium and graphite bricks. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. The first successful demonstration lasted 28 minutes and was a milestone in the history of physics. What code phrase did scientists use to convey the reactor's success to government officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Callas (1923)

An internationally known Greek-American opera star, Callas was celebrated less for her voice than for her electrifying stage presence and mastery of difficult roles. Her career blossomed in the 1940s. Offstage, her fiery temperament, dramatic love life, and demanding personality earned her the reputation of a consummate diva. During her media-fueled rivalry with soprano Renata Tebaldi in the 1950s, Callas was quoted as saying that comparing her to Tebaldi was like comparing what two things? More...
Quotation of the Day
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

(with) kind regards

A common, semi-formal valediction (used to say farewell at the end of a letter or other written message; also known as a complimentary close) expressing well wishes to the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade (2017)

Yakima Valley, Washington, has taken a conventional tradition—the Christmas parade—and added an interesting twist. The Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which takes place in the town of Sunnyside, showcases as many as 70 farm vehicles decorated with hundreds—sometimes thousands—of lights. Entries in the ceremony include tractors, combines, grape pickers, semi-trucks with flatbeds, and even horse-drawn floats. Other activities that accompany the celebration are a breakfast with Santa and Christmas caroling. More...
In the News

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Eli Wheatley and Christian Guardino are among a growing number of patients whose lives are apparently being saved or radically improved by gene therapy. Wheatley, 3, of Lebanon, Ky., and Guardino, 17, of Patchogue, N.Y., were both diagnosed with what ... More...
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