Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 01, 2015)
Word of the Day

antecedent

Definition:(noun) Anything that precedes something similar in time.
Synonyms:forerunner
Usage: This era is one of heedless consumption, but perhaps you can blame that on its antecedent.
Article of the Day

Bicycles

The first bicycle, probably created by the German Baron Karl de Drais de Sauerbrun in the early 1800s, was a form of hobby-horse that was propelled by the rider's feet pushing against the ground. The first treadle-propelled cycle was designed by the Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan around 1839. By the end of the 19th century, bicycles had wire wheels, metal frames, and pneumatic tires. What did 19th-century suffragists and feminists call the bicycle? 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
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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

Football Fandom Spiking Outside US

Interest in American football is surging in Russia, China, and elsewhere, according to a recent study by a German sports marketing research firm. In just the last few years, the National Football League has gained tens of millions of new fans in the Russian and Chinese markets, in addition to rising enthusiasm in the UK. The game-changer for adding converts to the "other" football appears to be increased access to subscription packages, which allow fans to watch live games from their homes—even if they're on other continents. More...
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