Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

inadvertent

Definition:(adjective) Happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally.
Synonyms:accidental
Usage: An autobiography, when confronted by a careful editor with documentary evidence, is usually found to be full of obviously inadvertent errors.
Article of the Day

Eusapia Palladino

Born in Italy in 1854, Palladino was a Spiritualist medium who travelled the world hosting séances at which tables seemed to levitate and spirits supposedly appeared. Many notable people—including Pierre Curie and Arthur Conan Doyle—became devotees of her. Despite performing under strict conditions that she could control, Palladino was repeatedly exposed as a fraud who pulled stunts like lifting tables with her feet. This prompted some to hold down her shoes during séances. What did she do then? More...
This Day in History

Graf Zeppelin Completes Its First Transatlantic Flight (1928)

The Graf Zeppelin was a German, hydrogen-filled, passenger airship—the largest built up to that time. It inaugurated transatlantic flight service in 1928, making its first crossing in 111 hours. During its years of service, it completed 590 flights, including 64 to South America, two to the Middle East, and one around-the-world tour. It was retired from service in 1937, when the Hindenburg disaster brought an end to commercial zeppelin travel. Why was the airship destroyed during WWII? More...
Today's Birthday

Evangelista Torricelli (1608)

An Italian physicist and mathematician, Torricelli served as secretary to Galileo during the last three months of Galileo's life. Two years later, pursuing a suggestion by Galileo, he filled a glass tube with mercury and inverted the tube into a dish. He noted that some of the mercury did not flow out and that the space above the mercury was a vacuum. He concluded that the variation of the height of the mercury from day to day was caused by changes in atmospheric pressure. What had he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man, so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

have it easy

To have or be in a particularly comfortable or relaxed position, such that makes for an easier life. More...
Today's Holiday

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days (2016)

Gold Rush Days are a celebratory reminder in Dahlonega, Georgia, of the town's heyday as a gold-rush town. The nation's first major gold rush was here in 1828, and the area around Dahlonega boomed—a federal mint built in 1838 operated for 23 years and coined more than $6 million. Mining continued into the beginning of the 20th century, and today visitors can pan for gold at several locations. The name of the town is derived from the Cherokee name Talonega, meaning "golden." The festival includes arts and crafts exhibits, country cooking, and hog-calling contests. More...
In the News

Overkill: Bull Shark's Powerful Bite

Bull sharks may not be the largest sharks lurking in the open water, but they are fearsome predators. Researchers say that, relative to its size, the bull shark's bite is more powerful than that of any other shark species. Adult bull sharks can bite with a force equal to about 6,000N at the back of the jaw and over 2,000N at the front. Experts are puzzled by the strength of the shark's bite, as it is much greater than that needed to kill and eat prey. More...
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