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 Springhill Mine Bump (1958)

Just two years after an explosion killed 39 miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada, the most severe "bump," or underground shockwave, in North American mining history devastated the mining town again. Of the 174 miners in the mine at the time of the collapse, 100 were rescued by draegermen—rescue miners—who spent days trying to make contact with those below. Seventy-four miners were killed in the tragedy. Why were the bodies of the dead removed from the mine in airtight aluminum coffins? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Larousse (1817)

Larousse was a French publisher, lexicographer, and encyclopedist. In 1852, he founded a publishing house called Librairie Larousse, producing textbooks, grammar books, and dictionaries, but his major work, reflecting his desire "to teach everyone about everything," was the combined dictionary and encyclopedia Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle, or Great Universal 19th-Century Dictionary, which took more than 10 years to complete. Who finished it after Larousse's death? 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)

Today's Holiday

Hungary Republic Day (2015)

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23. They originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. 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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