Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

promontory

Definition:(noun) A high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water; a headland.
Synonyms:foreland
Usage: Two miles farther on we were stopped by the promontory which shelters the bay from the southerly winds.
Article of the Day

The Cannes Film Festival

This prestigious international film festival is held annually in Cannes, France. It takes place at the Palais des Festivals, and its most illustrious award is the Palme d'Or—meaning "Golden Palm"—for the best film. First held in 1946, the festival marked a resurgence for the film industry, which had been shattered by World War II, and became a meeting place for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Why wasn't the festival held in either 1948 or 1950? More...
This Day in History

Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle, Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus's surface and measuring the planet's gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus's tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan's images reveal about the planet? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Nestlé (1814)

Born in Germany, Nestlé was the 11th of 14 children—only half of whom survived to adulthood. After apprenticing to a pharmacist in the 1830s, he began to work on an infant food that could serve as a substitute for breast milk for struggling babies. Combining milk, flour, and sugar, he created the first commercial infant formula and founded what is today the largest processed foods company in the world. The Nestlé company logo is derived from the family coat of arms, which includes what image? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a knee-slapper

A hilarious joke, especially one that evokes loud and prolonged laughter. More...
Today's Holiday

Baby Parade (2017)

Started in 1901, the Baby Parade that takes place along the boardwalk at the seaside resort of Ocean City on the second Thursday in August each year allows children up to the age of 10 to participate and compete for prizes. The children are reviewed by the judges as they walk or wheel along the boardwalk from Sixth Street to Twelfth Street, and every child who enters receives a sterling silver identification bracelet. Cash prizes are given to the best entry in each division. More than 50,000 spectators are drawn to the Ocean City Baby Parade each year. More...
In the News

Cryptolocker Unlocked

Some half a million people were victimized by a criminal ring running a malicious program, called Cryptolocker, which encrypts files on Windows computers and demands a substantial sum be paid in order to regain access to the files. Only about 1.3 percent of the victims are believed to have paid the ransom, but it still netted the group an estimated $3 million. In a stroke of apparent luck, authorities gained access to the gang's database of victims and encryption keys, and they are now offering victims free help unlocking their files. The alleged mastermind of this and at least one other major malware scheme, Russian Evgeniy Bogachev, is currently being sought by the FBI. More...
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