Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 1, 2012)
Word of the Day

tomboy

Definition:(noun) A girl who behaves in a boyish manner.
Synonyms:hoyden, romp
Usage: Dana often plays sports with the neighborhood boys and is proud that she has earned a reputation for being a tomboy.
Article of the Day

Hortensia

The daughter of Roman orator Quintus Hortensius, Hortensia earned fame of her own by giving a speech before the members of the Second Triumvirate in 42 BCE on behalf of the women of Rome. That year, Rome's state-sponsored military legions were at war with the assassins of Julius Caesar. To fund the war, lawmakers imposed a tax on Rome's 1,400 wealthiest women, who were outraged at the prospect of being taxed for a war over which they had no control. How did the lawmakers respond to her speech? More...
This Day in History

First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

Though the first volume, A–Ant, was published in 1884, the first complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was not published until 1928. Planned as a 10-year project, the 44-year undertaking resulted in a comprehensive, historical dictionary of English—the longest in the world today. It required more than 800 volunteers to compile material, including one who, it was later learned, turned out to be working from an asylum for the criminally insane. Why was he there? More...
Today's Birthday

William Clark Gable (1901)

Despite having such large ears that some doubted he could become a romantic lead, Gable had a rugged masculinity and lighthearted charm that proved popular with audiences. The actor debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. There he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award. What tragedy prompted him to give up show business and become a bomber pilot during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

which way the wind blows

What appears probable or likely; how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. More...
Today's Holiday

Rwanda National Heroes' Day (2017)

Rwandans celebrate Heroes' Day on February 1. National celebrations take place starting early in the morning with the laying of wreaths at the Heroes' Cemetery at Remera, Kigali, by the president, officials of the government, and the families of the country's heroes. Wreaths are also laid at Nyange in memory of students who stood against the rebel forces of the Rwandan genocide. The national Heroes' Day celebration at Nyange features songs, dances, and poems praising the virtues and good example of the national heroes. More...
In the News

Pythons Wiping Out Mammal Species in Everglades

A surge in the Burmese python population in Florida's Everglades is likely responsible for the major decline of mammals there. The snakes are not native to the area and were likely introduced to the environment through the pet trade. Without natural predators to curb their spread, the python population has swelled, with devastating consequences for native mammal populations. Raccoon, opossum, and bobcat sightings in Everglades National Park have fallen as much as 99 percent since 2000, and not a single rabbit was detected during the nine years researchers spent investigating how the invasive species has affected the area. More...
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