Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

addlepated

Definition:(adjective) Stupid and confused.
Synonyms:muddleheaded, puddingheaded
Usage: George was so shocked by the failure of his overseas investments that he began babbling to his accountant like an addlepated nincompoop.
Article of the Day

The Vatican Library

Founded in the 4th century and re-established in the 15th century by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library is the oldest public library in Europe and one of the chief libraries of the world. Today, it holds more than 75,000 manuscripts and more than 1.1 million books, including thousands from the dawn of printing. It has amassed materials from the libraries of notable figures throughout history, including the Dukes of Urbino and Queen Christina of Sweden. How old is the library building itself? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hurricane of 1780 Forms (1780)

The Great Hurricane of 1780 was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Coming during a very active hurricane season, the storm formed on October 9 and struck Barbados the next day with winds possibly exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h). It then passed over several other islands, leaving mass destruction in its wake. Thousands of deaths were reported on each island, and more than 20,000 people had died by the time the storm dissipated. How did the hurricane impact the American Revolution? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter O'Malley (1903)

Born in New York City, O'Malley was the owner of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1950 to 1979. In 1958, he moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and helped to coordinate the move of the New York Giants to San Francisco at a time when there were no teams west of Missouri. Though ultimately successful, the transplantation of the Dodgers made O'Malley a target of vilification by Brooklyn fans. However, some blame what powerful official for the team's move? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (something)

To have a very keen or particular interest in something; to really like or enjoy something. More...
Today's Holiday

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival (2016)

The Madison County Covered Bridge Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in October in and around Winterset, Iowa. The town is located in Madison County, which is noted for its historic wooden covered bridges. In addition to bridge tours, the weekend's festivities include demonstrations of such traditional activities as sheep shearing, wool spinning, and soap making. Entertainment includes barbershop quartets, square dancers, and cloggers, while quilts and antiques are on display. A parade of antique cars is a highlight of the weekend. More...
In the News

Nuclear Technology Being Used to Sterilize Pests

Scientists have found a novel use for nuclear technology that may help improve crop yields while reducing our reliance on pesticides: insect sterilization. When sterile male insects are released into the wild, they compete with wild males for females and reduce the next generation's population as a result. In regions where it has been deployed, the Sterile Insect Technology, which utilizes radioactive cobalt-60 to sterilize a variety of species, has had promising results. For example, in Croatia's Neretva river delta, farmers saw a 75 percent drop in damage to their citrus crops after millions of sterilized male fruit flies were released there. More...
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