Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

scathe

Definition:(noun) The act of damaging something or someone.
Synonyms:damage, harm, hurt
Usage: It is true also that I did lay my hands upon this jack-fool of a brother Ambrose, though, as you can see, I did him little scathe.
Article of the Day

Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds are several species of songbirds found in Australia and New Guinea. To attract female mates, males of the species build elaborate bowers on the ground, decorate them with bright, shiny objects, and then display and sing loudly above them. Females observe the courtship displays, inspect the quality of the bowers, and select a mate. After mating, the female builds a simple nest away from the bower in which to lay her eggs. What objects do bowerbirds often use to decorate their bowers? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More...
Quotation of the Day
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

knock (one's) head against a/the wall

To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. More...
Today's Holiday

Daimonji Okuribi (2017)

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning "big," is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More...
In the News

Obesity Does Not Mean Health Problems for All

The findings of two recently published studies challenge the notion that body mass index (BMI) and weight determine health and that all obese individuals need to lose weight. While there was, as expected, a correlation between heavier weight and health complications, researchers also found people with high BMIs who were generally healthy despite being overweight. The challenge doctors face is identifying which patients are the "healthy obese" and which are on track to develop health complications in the future. More...
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