On July 4th, 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal.
On July 3rd, 1863. the Battle of Gettysburg ended.
MILWAUKEE -- Animals go extinct, places too. And stories change.
Boaz, a small village in Richland County, Wis., has only 156 people these days. There are a half-dozen streets, a couple of taverns, a small park with a ...Read more
On July 2nd, 1900, the first zeppelin flight took place on Lake Constance in Germany.
A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?
1) a circular depression & a part for a canine...View full teaser and answer
pavid \PAEV-id\ (adjective) - Easily frightened, fearful, pusillanimous, timorous.
"Lana Issacs in accounting is such a pavid lamb, she will never ask for a raise."
The etymology of today's word doesn't run very deep. ...Read more
The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface.
The discovery is...Read more
Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures.
But Jiffy Lube2's travels are making ...Read more
Sam's Story: Book One (Skylar Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]Amy D. Crusan-Kramer
In this captivating saga, Samantha Skylar experiences undying passion and endures one horrific act of brutality that sweeps her into the arms of the second most powerful man in the country. Samantha’s journey takes her from the poverty and close-minded attitudes of a tiny, coal-mining town ...
Jerry Seinfeld's friend George Costanza had a fairly elaborate imaginary career, most of which revolved around the imaginary Art Vandelay. Sometimes he was an importer/exporter, sometimes the head of a latex corporation. ...Read more
I am a set of three words, all with the same six letters.
First I am a kingdom, though not royally so.
Then spell me backwards, and I become a thin plate.
Now rearrange my consonants, leaving my vowels in place ...
I am now a type of paper.
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bootleg \BOOT-lehg\ (verb) - To produce and/or distribute legally prohibited products.
"Jason's avocation was bootlegging illegal fireworks up and down the east coast until a bolt of lightning caught up with his truck ...Read more
MOSCOW ––Russia launched a supply craft to the International Space Station on Friday after the recent failure of two launches.
The unmanned Progress craft, which is to dock with the station on Sunday, is carrying fuel...Read more
A thought for the day: What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom to and freedom from." -- Marilyn vos Savant
On this date in history:
In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Canadian town of Quebec.
In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
Those born on this date include:
- Welsh poet/writer William Henry Davies (The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp) in 1871
- actor/singer/composer George M. Cohan in 1878
- Czech novelist Franz Kafka in ...Read more
Today is Friday, July 3, the 184th day of 2015 with 181 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
A closely watched Russian supply mission to the International Space Station had a successful takeoff from a base in Kazakhstan on Friday.
The Progress M-28M lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:55 a...Read more
Scottish housewife Helen Duncan was arrested in 1944 and appears to be the last person ever convicted in the U.K. of witchcraft. Some think it was to keep her from discovering D-Day secrets with magic. Happily, they didn't...Read more
Each group of three definitions describes three words that are spelled the same, except for one letter (each group describes a different set of words). Example: king, ring, wing.
1a) a bone in the leg
1b) arboreal mammal, common to Madagascar
1c) to take exception or object
2a) a mixture of liquids, as for medicine
2b) a liquid preparation for cosmetic use
2c) an opinion or view
3a) something having a spiral or ...View full teaser and answer
gremlin \GREM-lin\ (noun) - A mischievous sprite imagined to cause the inexplicable problems in the real and virtual machinery of technology.
"I received your e-mail alright but the attachment was snatched by the ...Read more