Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

accursed

Definition:(adjective) Under a curse.
Synonyms:maledict
Usage: Depraved as a girl, adulterous as a wife, an unnatural sister, homicide, poisoner, execrated by all who knew her, by every nation that had been visited by her, she died accursed by Heaven and earth.
Article of the Day

Magnets

A magnet is defined as any material capable of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field outside itself. Magnets are essential for the generation of electric power and are used in motors, generators, information storage, ATM cards, TVs, and numerous other applications. By the end of the 19th century, all known elements and many compounds had been tested for magnetism, and all were found to have some magnetic property. However, only three elements exhibit ferromagnetism. What are they? More...
This Day in History

Bear River Massacre (1863)

The Bear River Massacre took place in 1863 when the US Army attacked Shoshone gathered at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in what is now Idaho. The incident began when Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led a detachment of approximately 200 US Army soldiers as part of the an expedition against Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter, who had strongly resisted colonization of tribal areas. Some 250 Shoshone were killed in the attack, including Bear Hunter. What became of Connor? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860)

Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer, dramatist, and physician who earned enduring international acclaim for his stories and plays. His early works were broad humorous sketches and tales published under a pseudonym, written to support himself and his family while he studied for his medical degree in Moscow. His first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced while he was practicing as a doctor. Why was a statue of Chekhov in the town of Tomsk modeled on the perspective of a drunkard? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a feast for the eyes

An especially attractive, pleasing, and/or remarkable sight or visual experience. More...
Today's Holiday

Thomas Paine Day

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a propagandist and humanitarian whose influential pamphlet, Common Sense, is credited with persuading the American colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. On January 29, Paine's birthday, he is honored by members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, New York. They lay a wreath at his monument in the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, which houses some of his letters and personal effects. The cottage in which Paine lived is only a short walk away. More...
In the News

Egypt Communications Shut Down amid Growing Unrest

In an effort to contain growing protests that have been fueled in part by information shared over social networks like Facebook and Twitter, Egypt appears to have cut off nearly all Internet traffic into and out of the country in the largest blackout of its kind. There have also been reports that cell phone operators were ordered to suspend services in parts of the country. Over the last few days, tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule have clashed with police on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez. More...
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