Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

importune

Definition:(verb) Beg persistently and urgently.
Synonyms:insist
Usage: She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information.
Article of the Day

Qigong

Considered by some to be an important form of alternative medicine, qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its central idea is the control and manipulation of qi—also known as chi—believed by practitioners to be the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality. In China, qigong is used in conjunction with other medical therapies for many chronic conditions. How is qigong related to the practice of martial arts? More...
This Day in History

First Electric Traffic Light Is Installed (1914)

Prior to 1914, there had been several attempts to create automobile traffic signals similar to those used by railroads, but it was only after a four-way electric signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, that the modern traffic light system began to take root. The signal had only two colors, green and red, but the three-color version still in use today was not far off. What US city claims to be home to the oldest working traffic light in the country? More...
Today's Birthday

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930)

Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared "one giant leap for mankind." Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

keep an eye peeled (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Icelandic Festival (2017)

The Icelandic Festival, or Islendingadagurinn, held in Gimli, Manitoba, each year is one of the oldest ethnic festivals in Canada, dating back to 1890. The Icelandic settlers who emigrated to Canada wanted to do something to preserve their heritage and customs, and the current festival continues to reflect this interest in Icelandic culture. The events include choral singing and cultural and artistic displays. Participants dress in native Icelandic costumes and eat traditional foods such as smoked lamb and skyr, which is similar to yogurt. More...
In the News

Mayas May Have Made Mole-Like Dishes

Experts have long thought that cacao was mainly used by pre-Hispanic cultures in beverages, but the presence of chocolate residue on a 2,500-year-old plate rather than a cup suggests that it may have been used as a mole-like sauce or condiment by ancient inhabitants of the Yucatán Peninsula. Mole is a type of chili-and-chocolate-based sauce traditionally served in Mexico with meat or poultry. Its origin is disputed, but it is generally believed to have been invented in the early colonial period. This finding would suggest that mole may actually have its roots in pre-Hispanic Maya culture. More...
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