Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

huffy

Definition:(adjective) Quick to take offense.
Synonyms:touchy
Usage: I tried to give my coworker some advice after the meeting, but she perceived it as criticism, got all huffy, and stormed away.
Article of the Day

Fireworks

Fireworks, which are generally believed to have been invented by the Chinese, have been used throughout history to celebrate happy occasions. In 1789, George Washington's inauguration was accompanied by a display, and today, fireworks help mark Independence Day in the US, Diwali in India, Bastille Day in France, and New Year's Eve around the world. In 1999, Disney World began launching fireworks with compressed air rather than gunpowder. What are the advantages of this type of launch? More...
This Day in History

First Permanent ARPANET Link Is Established (1969)

Funded by the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), ARPANET was the first digital network that utilized packet switching, a method of data transmission. A revolutionary technology, it ultimately led to the creation of the modern Internet. The network's first permanent connection was made between computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Stanford Research Institute. By 1983, more than 300 computers were connected. What was the first message sent through ARPANET? More...
Today's Birthday

Hetty Green (1834)

Green was an American financier and reputedly the wealthiest American woman of her time. In 1865, her father and aunt both died, leaving her an estate valued at $10 million. She invested her inheritance so shrewdly that she came to be regarded as the greatest woman financier in the world, amassing an estate valued at $100-200 million. An extremely miserly woman, the "Witch of Wall Street" allegedly refused a hernia operation because it cost $150. What are some other examples of her stinginess? More...
Quotation of the Day
Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

golden years

The years following one's retirement (generally after the age of 65). More...
Today's Holiday

Arbaeen Pilgrimage (2016)

In the year 680 CE, Imam al-Hussein died during the Battle of Taf in Karbala, Iraq. He was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and, for Shiite Muslims, one of the three holiest figures in their religion. To commemorate his passing, Shiites from around the world hold the week-long Arbaeen Pilgrimage to his gravesite 40 days after his death. This period of 40 days is the traditional Muslim mourning period following a death. Imam al-Hussein's tomb is in the town of Karbala, about 50 miles south of Baghdad. For Shiite Muslims, the city is also believed to be a gate to paradise. More...
In the News

Malnutrition a Global Problem

When we think of malnutrition, we typically think of undernutrition, but in truth the term refers to all types of bad nutrition, including overnutrition. With this definition in mind, a new report finds that malnutrition has become a serious public health issue for every nation in the world, with all but China having already crossed a "malnutrition red line." Complicating the problem is the fact that about half of the world's nations are grappling with both undernutrition and overnutrition at the same time. More...
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