Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

broach

Definition:(verb) To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate.
Synonyms:initiate
Usage: I felt uncomfortable, but after two weeks of waiting for repayment, I decided to broach the subject of the outstanding loan.
Article of the Day

The Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is widely considered America's most prestigious canine show. In 1877, a group of hunters—who met regularly at Manhattan's Westminster Hotel—created the show for sporting dogs, awarding a pearl-handled pistol as top prize. Their dog show is now the oldest continuously held sporting event in the US after the Kentucky Derby. The two-day event takes place annually in New York City's Madison Square Garden. Which breed group has won "Best in Show" the most times? 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
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

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

Basic Home Improvements Cut Fall Risk

In the US, injuries are suffered most frequently in the home, and falls are the primary cause of at-home injuries. However, homeowners may be able to significantly cut their fall risk just by making some relatively inexpensive home improvements. In a recent New Zealand study, residents of homes that had handrails, stair edging, outdoor lighting, bathroom grab rails, and slip-resistant surfaces installed had 39 percent fewer falls and 26 percent fewer fall-related injuries than those living in homes waitlisted for similar safety renovations. More...
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