Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

pedestrian

Definition:(adjective) Lacking in vitality, imagination, or distinction.
Synonyms:prosaic
Usage: His style is so pedestrian that the book is really boring.
Article of the Day

The Champs-Élysées

This avenue in Paris, France, leads from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is divided in two by the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées. The lower part, toward the Place de la Concorde, is surrounded by gardens, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The upper part, toward the Arc de Triomphe, was traditionally a luxury commercial district. Twelve avenues radiate to form a star at the avenue's upper end, with the Arc de Triomphe at its center. To what does the avenue's name refer? More...
This Day in History

Recording Industry Association of American Sues Napster (1999)

Shortly after Napster was founded in 1999, the popular file-sharing service was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trial gave Napster so much publicity that usage of the service increased, despite RIAA's claim that Napster users were breaking the law by downloading copyrighted music for free. Though it was forced by an injunction to shut down its network in July 2001, Napster did not fold. What happened to it? More...
Today's Birthday

Willa Sibert Cather (1873)

Cather moved with her family to Nebraska at the age of nine, and though she later settled in New York, her prairie upbringing deeply influenced her writing. Her novels, which include O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and My Ántonia, celebrate the spirit and courage of pioneer life. Her works include several independent heroines of the frontier and have been studied from a feminist perspective. Cather occasionally wore men's clothing and went by what nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

the kiss of life

Artificial respiration, that is, the blowing into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing so as to force air in and out of his or her lungs. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Pearl Harbor Day (2017)

Pearl Harbor Day marks the anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941, bringing the United States into World War II and widening the European war to the Pacific. Many states proclaim a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and each year services are held on December 7 at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The marble memorial, built over the sunken USS Arizona and dedicated in 1962, was designed by architect Alfred Preis, a resident of Honolulu who was an Austrian citizen in 1941 and was interned as an enemy alien. More...
In the News

Bones of New Penguin Species Discovered in New Zealand Storage Shed

By using 3D printing to study fossilized bones found in a storage shed at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, paleontologists have discovered a new species of giant penguin. The bird lived 28 million years ago, when most of New Zealand was underwater, and stood at least 2.5 feet (30 cm) taller than today's emperor penguin. Experts are still trying to determine whether the bones—which had been in storage since 1971—belonged to a juvenile or an adult, and the new species has not yet been given a name. More...
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