Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

middling

Definition:(adjective) Lacking exceptional quality or ability.
Synonyms:mediocre, average, fair
Usage: The performance was middling at best, but for some reason the audience still rose to its feet at the end of the show for a standing ovation.
Article of the Day

The Hobo Nickel

Hobo nickels are sculptural artworks created on small denomination coins, particularly US nickels, long favored by coin engravers because of their size, thickness, and softness. When the Indian head, or buffalo, nickel was introduced in the US in 1913, its large, thick profile gave artists a larger template to work on and allowed for finer detail. Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name. What images appear on classic hobo nickels? More...
This Day in History

The Great Chicago Fire (1871)

The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned for more than two days and destroyed about four square miles of the city. It killed hundreds of people, left 90,000 homeless, and destroyed some $200 million worth of property. Originally composed of mostly wooden structures, the city was rebuilt with stone and steel and became a center of industry. According to early accounts of the disaster, the blaze began in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O'Leary. What supposedly caused the fire? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Louis Le Châtelier (1850)

Le Châtelier was a French chemist best known for devising Le Châtelier's principle, which makes it possible to predict the effect that a change in conditions—such as temperature, pressure, or concentration of components—will have on a chemical reaction. The principle states that a system in equilibrium, when subjected to a perturbation, will respond in a way that tends to minimize its effect and restore equilibrium. In 1928, Le Châtelier published a book on what system of scientific management? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Peru Battle of Angamos (2015)

The War of the Pacific (1879-1883) began when Chile and Bolivia fought for control of a portion of the Atacama Desert. On October 8, 1879, the Chilean Navy captured Peru's ironclad warship, the Huáscar, and killed the captain, Admiral Miguel Grau. Chile gained control over the seas and was thus able to invade Peru and Bolivia. October 8 is a national holiday in Peru to remember the lost Battle of Angamos. On this day, military and civil parades are held, and celebrations are held to honor the heroic deeds of Admiral Miguel Grau and his role in the battle. More...
In the News

Smoking Rates Still High in Certain US Industries

Despite the fact that adult smoking rates in the US have decreased considerably in recent decades, a large portion of the people working in the mining, food service, and construction industries in the US still smokes. The overall adult smoking rate in the US is 19.3 percent. Yet, 30 percent of mining, hotel/motel, and food service workers smoke, as do 29.7 percent of construction workers. In contrast, only 9.7 percent of educators are smokers. Smoking rates tend to be higher in younger workers, the less educated, and the poor. More...
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