Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

doddering

Definition:(adjective) Infirm, feeble, and often senile.
Synonyms:gaga, senile
Usage: His mother was doddering and frail, so he hired aides to care for her around the clock.
Article of the Day

Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche, Spanish for "milk candy," is a syrup prepared by slowly heating milk and sugar to create a product similar to caramel. Found as both a sauce and a caramel-like candy, it is used to flavor sweet foods such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, and flan. Though dulce de leche is especially popular in Latin American countries, many trace its origin to a similar French dish, confiture de lait, which is often served with what? More...
This Day in History

2008 Summer Olympics Begin in Beijing, China (2008)

At 8:08 PM on 8-8-08, the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics began. Held in the new Beijing National Stadium—nicknamed "the Bird's Nest"—it marked China's first time hosting the Olympics. The nearly four-hour event, which showcased Chinese culture, was a popular and logistical success, and the games became one of the most-watched TV events in history. However, in the international torch relay before the opening ceremony, protests in what city caused the Olympic torch to be extinguished? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902)

Dirac was an influential English mathematician and theoretical physicist. In 1928, he published a version of quantum mechanics taking into account the theory of relativity. His theory predicted an antiparticle to the electron, and, in 1932, the positron was discovered. That year, Dirac was appointed to the same University of Cambridge chair once held by Isaac Newton. Likely autistic, Dirac was known for his precise nature and literal view of the world. How did he once introduce his wife? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

keep out of sight

To remain unseen, as by hiding or evasion. More...
Today's Holiday

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (2017)

This mammoth yearly rally of 250,000 or so motorcyclists is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. There are races, merrymaking, band music, and usually some misbehavior, including arrests for drunken driving. Motorcycle drag racing runs eight days, and other official events include bike shows, a swap meet, monster truck races, Tough Man and Tough Woman Contests (the titles determined by fights in which biting and kicking, but not much else, is forbidden), and a fireworks show. The rally also includes unofficial events, especially weddings; 100 or more couples get married there every year. More...
In the News

See the Exquisite Fossil that Revealed the Colors of a Giant Armored Nodosaur

For the biggest animals, bulk is a great defense. Other creatures need tricks, like the snowy coat of an arctic hare or a hagfish's choking slime clouds. But elephants and rhinoceroses get by with tough hides and sheer size. They have little to fear ... More...
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