Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

entresol

Definition:(noun) The floor just above the ground floor of a building.
Synonyms:mezzanine
Usage: While waiting for our room to be prepared, we sat down for a cup of coffee in the entresol of the hotel.
Article of the Day

The Gadget

With the discovery of fission in 1939, it became clear to scientists that certain radioactive materials could be used to make a bomb of unprecedented power. In the US, the effort to explore this possibility eventually became the Manhattan Project. After years of research and $2 billion spent acquiring sufficient amounts of the two necessary isotopes, uranium-235 and plutonium-239, scientists tested the first nuclear explosive device, code-named "the Gadget," on July 16, 1945, at what location? More...
This Day in History

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004)

The RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner Queen Mary, which was, in turn, named after Mary of Teck, the Queen Consort of George V. With 15 restaurants and bars, 5 pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, and a planetarium, the QM2 was the largest ocean liner in the world at the time of its construction, as well as the longest, widest, and tallest passenger ship. What ship challenged that distinction in 2006? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Göring (1893)

Göring was one of Hitler's most loyal supporters and held numerous Nazi posts, including interior minister of Prussia, where he established the Gestapo, and head of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force. When the Luftwaffe failed to win the Battle of Britain, Göring semiretired to his country estate, where he displayed the vast art collection he had confiscated from Jews in occupied countries. In 1946, he was condemned to death by hanging at the Nuremberg trials but was never executed. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day commemorates the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium, and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Caused by XMRV Virus

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition of physical and mental fatigue that does not lessen with rest. CFS does not have a known cause or cure, but many sufferers believe that their illness began after a viral infection. A 2009 study found a link between the XMRV virus, which is found in the DNA of mice, and CFS, when the virus was identified in blood samples of 68 out of 101 CFS patients. However, researchers now say that those samples were contaminated in the lab and that the virus is not the cause of CFS. More...
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