Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 2, 2012)
Word of the Day

flounder

Definition:(verb) Walk with great difficulty.
Synonyms:stagger
Usage: Dave refused to run quietly on the trail behind the sled…but continued to flounder alongside in the soft snow, where the going was most difficult, till exhausted.
Article of the Day

Tillia Tepe

Tillia Tepe, which literally means "Golden Hill" in Persian, is an ancient necropolis in northern Afghanistan that dates to the 1st century BCE. In 1979, a year before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a Soviet-Afghan team of archaeologists discovered some 20,000 gold ornaments in six graves at the site. The treasure went missing in subsequent wars and was thought to have been destroyed by the Taliban, but it has since been rediscovered and widely exhibited. To whom did the gold first belong? More...
This Day in History

Sled Dogs Reach Nome, Alaska, with Diphtheria Serum (1925)

In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak threatened the city of Nome. The town's supply of antitoxin had run out, and a mail shipment would have taken weeks to arrive. After learning of the crisis, 20 mushers and some 150 sled dogs, including the famous Balto, relayed fresh antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) in a record five and a half days, preventing an epidemic. Today, the heroic journey is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. How long did a reenactment of the serum run take in 1975? More...
Today's Birthday

George Halas, "Papa Bear" (1895)

Halas was a pioneering football player, coach, and owner of one of the 11 original teams in the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the Decatur Staleys. Founded in 1920, the APFA went on to become the National Football League (NFL) in 1922—the same year Halas moved his team to Chicago and renamed it the Bears. Under his leadership, the Chicago Bears won seven NFL championships. In addition to coaching, Halas also played what position during the 1920s? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

how's life (treating you)?

How are you? How is everything in your life? (Said as an informal greeting.) More...
Today's Holiday

Candlemas (2017)

After observing the traditional 40-day period of purification following the birth of Jesus, Mary presented him to God at the Temple in Jerusalem. According to a New Testament gospel, an aged and devout Jew named Simeon held the baby in his arms and said he would be "a light to lighten the Gentiles". It is for this reason that February 2 has come to be called Candlemas and has been celebrated by the blessing of candles since the 11th century. In both the Eastern and Western churches, it is now known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. More...
In the News

Dozens Dead after Riot at Egyptian Soccer Match

At least 73 people were killed in a riot following a soccer game in the Egyptian city of Port Said, and the death toll could rise further, as many more were critically injured in the clashes. After the unexpected victory of the home team, Al-Masry, over one of Egypt's most successful clubs, Al-Ahly, fans rushed the field, attacking players and one another with knives, rocks, chairs, and other weapons. The incident is being called the worst disaster in Egypt's soccer history. More...
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