Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

imperil

Definition:(verb) Pose a threat to; present a danger to.
Synonyms:endanger, jeopardize, menace, threaten
Usage: You imperil the lives of other road users by driving drunk.
Article of the Day

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge in eastern China is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world, stretching 22 miles (35.7 km) across Hangzhou Bay and consisting of six traffic lanes and a central cable-stayed portion. Opened to the public in 2008, the bridge links the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in the Zhejiang province and cuts travel time between Shanghai and Ningbo from 4 to 2.5 hours. According to most definitions, it is the second longest bridge in the world. What is the longest? More...
This Day in History

Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)

The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film? More...
Today's Birthday

William Jennings Bryan (1860)

Despite being a dominant force in the US Democratic Party, Bryan lost three bids for the presidency. However, he helped secure the presidential nomination for Woodrow Wilson, under whom he became secretary of state. Bryan's belief in neutrality led him to resign when it appeared that Wilson would enter the US into World War I. A devout Presbyterian, he later campaigned for Prohibition and, in 1925, died after exhausting himself prosecuting and finally winning what famous legal case? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. More...
Today's Holiday

Whale Festival (Fort Bragg, California) (2017)

Gray whales spend their summers in the Bering Sea but migrate every year to the waters off the coast of Mexico, where females give birth to their young. Since the whales prefer to hug the coast as they make their long journey, they are often visible to those living in seaside towns. The neighboring northern California towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg hold their whale festivals on consecutive weekends in March. Their celebrations include whale-watching cruises, wine tasting, seafood chowder tasting, nature walks, and visits to the Cabrillo Point lighthouse. More...
In the News

Living Kidney Donor Passes HIV to Organ Recipient

The first transmission of HIV from a living organ donor to a recipient in the US since screening was implemented in 1985 has prompted a review of the current procedures and policies intended to prevent such an occurrence. In this case, the screening was properly conducted, however, the donor apparently contracted the virus in the days leading up to the surgery, after the testing had already been done. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that donors be tested no more than seven days before their organs are removed and transplanted. More...
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