Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

dilly-dally

Definition:(verb) To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
Synonyms:drag one's feet, procrastinate, stall, shillyshally
Usage: If you continue to dilly-dally, we will be late for choir practice.
Article of the Day

Population Bottlenecks

Cheetahs are basically all the same. Any two randomly selected cheetahs will be so similar genetically that a skin graft from one will likely provoke no immune response in the other. In the distant past, cheetahs underwent a population bottleneck—an evolutionary event in which a species nearly dies out and is repopulated by a few individuals whose genes are then disproportionately reflected in the ensuing generations. All humans can trace their ancestry back to a single woman. When did she live? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Party Founded in Germany (1920)

The term National Socialist—or Nazi, for short—was added to the name of the German Workers' Party the year after it was founded. On the day it was renamed, swiftly-rising new member Adolf Hitler outlined the party's official platform before 2,000 people, its largest audience yet. During the Great Depression, millions of jobless voters joined the party, and in 1932 it became the largest bloc in the Reichstag. How did Hitler manage to make it the only political party in Germany? More...
Today's Birthday

John Peter Wagner (1874)

Wagner was an American baseball player who led the National League in batting eight times. He entered the majors in 1897, and played for Pittsburgh most of his career. Though massively built, he was agile, leading his league in stolen bases five times and scoring almost 1,800 runs. He retired in 1917 but returned to coach the Pirates for almost two decades. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. Fans called him "The Flying Dutchman" for his speed, but he had another nickname. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

hell week

A week in which new recruits or pledges of an organization, especially a college fraternity or sorority, are subjected to a series of hazing rituals prior to initiation. More...
Today's Holiday

Maha Shivaratri (2017)

Legend says that on this night Lord Shiva, the great god of destruction (who is also the restorer), danced the Tandav, his celestial dance of Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Hindu devotees eat only once on the day before this "Night of Shiva," and then fast and tell stories about him. In India, pilgrims throng the Shiva shrines in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu), Kalahasti (Andhra Pradesh), and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), where special celebrations are held. Mandi in Himachal Pradesh becomes one big party. Devotees carry deities on temple chariots, and there are folk dances and folk music. More...
In the News

US Consumers Cut Back on Canned Beverages

The US aluminum can market is hurting, and it is all because of health-conscious consumers. Soda consumption in the US dropped to a 16-year low last year, thanks in part to anti-obesity campaigns and legislation. Instead, US consumers are opting for "healthier" beverages, like water or iced teas, which typically come in glass or plastic bottles. As a result, aluminum can sales in the US are expected to decline for the third year in a row. However, breweries are increasingly using aluminum containers for their products, and this could offset some of the losses the aluminum industry has suffered. More...
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