Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

infirmity

Definition:(noun) The state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age).
Synonyms:debility, feebleness, frailty, valetudinarianism
Usage: We all knew it was infirmity, not indifference, that kept Grandma Jane from attending my graduation.
Article of the Day

The Flywheel

A flywheel is a heavy metal wheel attached to a drive shaft to help steady the shaft's rotation and store kinetic energy. Due to inertia, the heavy wheel resists changes in speed once it is spinning, and thus it helps to moderate fluctuations in the speed of an engine. By slowly increasing the speed of the flywheel over a period of time, a small motor can store up enough energy to perform a function for which it is ordinarily too small. What part of an automobile engine makes use of a flywheel? More...
This Day in History

Edward VIII Becomes King (1936)

Edward VIII became king of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, George V, in 1936. He enjoyed immense popularity until the announcement of his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American in the midst of divorcing her second husband. The government opposed the marriage, and the two sides clashed until Edward executed a deed of abdication, ending a 325-day reign as the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

George Burns (1896)

Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award and becoming well-known for his recurring film role as what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agnes's Eve (2016)

The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins. More...
In the News

Wasteful Habits, Worldwide Problem

According to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a smorgasbord of food-related practices and attitudes is contributing to the worldwide problem of food waste. In a recent report, it estimates that a third to half of all food produced on the planet goes to waste. Poor food storage, firm sell-by dates, bulk purchasing, and consumer fussiness are part of the problem, but other contributing factors take place long before the food even hits store shelves. For example, entire crops are sometimes rejected before they are harvested, simply because they do not meet certain standards of physical appearance. More...
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