Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

carryall

Definition:(noun) A capacious bag or basket.
Synonyms:holdall, tote
Usage: She threw her cell phone, wallet, and gym shoes into her carryall and ran out the door.
Article of the Day

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in nutrient-enriched water—without soil. Although it has been used for over a century as a research technique, experiments to determine its feasibility for growing commercial crops were not conducted until 1929. Hydroponic home gardens and commercial operations now exist in many countries. Using hydroponics, plants can be grown closer together than in the field, and weed and pest problems can be almost eliminated. What are its disadvantages? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them? More...
Today's Birthday

John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. How many times was he married? More...
Quotation of the Day
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head in the sand

To refuse to acknowledge or deal with problems, danger, or difficulty, especially in the hopes that they will resolve themselves. The phrase is a reference to ostriches, which were believed (incorrectly) to hide their heads in the ground at the sight of approaching danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Hoshana Rabbah (2016)

Hoshana Rabbah is considered the last possible day on which one can seek forgiveness for the sins of the preceding year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, God seals the Book of Life—and thus each individual's fate for the coming year. But since the Middle Ages, Hoshana Rabbah has been regarded as an extension of the deadline for Divine judgment. According to an old Jewish folk belief, notes fell from Heaven on this day, informing people of how they had been judged. The traditional Yiddish greeting, a gute kvitl, "May you receive a good note," reflects this belief. More...
In the News

Half of Americans Now Support the Legalization of Marijuana

A new Gallup poll shows that a record 50 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. In 1969, a mere 12 percent supported such a measure. Support for legalization was found to be strongest among liberals and adults under the age of 30. Democrats were more likely to support legalization than Republicans, and men were more likely to back legalization than women. The growing support for legalization could put pressure on politicians to decriminalize the drug. More...
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