Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

gaffe

Definition:(noun) A clumsy social error; a faux pas.
Synonyms:slip, solecism, gaucherie
Usage: He knew by the silence that greeted his speech that he had made some kind of gaffe.
Article of the Day

Stradivarius

A Stradivarius is a stringed instrument made by Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari. His "Strads" are famous for their tonal quality and are highly prized by world-class musicians and collectors. Many artisans have since tried to imitate his style of workmanship. Fewer than 700 genuine Strads are believed to be left in existence. Those that have survived are often identified by the names of previous owners. The famed "Lady Blunt" violin was auctioned in 2011 to help raise money for what cause? More...
This Day in History

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 Crashes in the Andes (1972)

While carrying a Uruguayan rugby team to a match in Chile, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed high in the Andes. Many passengers died in the crash or shortly after; several more were killed in an avalanche. Stranded in the remote mountainous border between Argentina and Chile, the survivors were forced to eat the dead to avoid starvation. Knowing that the search effort had been called off, two of the remaining 16 eventually hiked out and found help. How long was it before they were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Simon (1941)

Simon is an American singer and songwriter who first gained fame as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. Simon first met Art Garfunkel in sixth grade at their public school in Queens, New York. The two began performing together in the 1950s, using the name Tom and Jerry. After a break, they reunited in 1964 as Simon and Garfunkel but split again in 1970, not long after their highly successful album Bridge over Troubled Water was released. What albums did Simon record as a solo artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Cranberry Day Festival (2015)

Wampanoag Indians on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, celebrate Cranberry Day, their most significant annual holiday, on the second Tuesday in October. In earlier times, this festival lasted several days as people harvested the cranberries and used them in festive dishes. These days, children get the day off from school to join the day's activities, which include picking cranberries, a lunchtime bonfire during which stories of previous Cranberry Days and other community legends are told, and a celebration in the evening with dancing, singing, and a huge potluck meal. More...
In the News

Hands-Free Technology Can Make Drivers More Dangerous

Hands-free, speech-activated phone and infotainment systems for drivers are meant to make roads safer, but many are having the opposite effect. These systems are intended to make it easier for drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or tune the radio without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel, but many of the programs are so error-prone and complicated that they end up being a greater distraction than, for example, talking on a hand-held cell phone. More...
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