Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 05, 2017)
Word of the Day

digressive

Definition:(adjective) Tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects.
Synonyms:excursive, rambling, discursive
Usage: His speech was digressive and rambling, and we soon tired of the pointless tangents.
Article of the Day

Joss Paper

Also known as ghost money, Joss paper is a type of paper burned during traditional Chinese deity or ancestor worship ceremonies on special holidays. The paper is also sometimes burned at Chinese funerals. Traditionally made from coarse bamboo paper or rice paper, Joss paper is typically cut into individual squares or rectangles that are decorated with a thin piece of square foil or a red ink seal. More contemporary and westernized varieties of Joss paper include Hell Bank Notes, which are what? 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
Love...roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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

Great White Shark Chomps on Underwater Video Camera

Ever wondered what the inside of a great white shark's mouth looks like as it bites down on its prey? Underwater footage captured by a scientist in the US gives us an idea. Greg Skomal from the Massachusetts Marine and Fisheries Division was tagging ... More...
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