Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

thermal

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or associated with heat.
Synonyms:caloric
Usage: The scientists had not anticipated such extreme thermal conditions and were forced to delay the experiment indefinitely.
Article of the Day

Red River Ox Carts

Red River ox carts were a vital form of transportation during the 19th-century westward expansion in the US and Canada. They carried fur to trading posts in places like St. Paul, Minnesota, and then carried supplies back to settlements along the Red River of the North, which now forms the Minnesota–North Dakota border. Built entirely of wood and animal hide—and no metal—the carts typically had two wheels, which were notorious for their constant creaking. Why couldn't their axles be greased? More...
This Day in History

Blackbeard Killed in Battle with Royal Navy (1718)

Before turning to piracy, Blackbeard, whose real name was probably Edward Teach, likely worked as a privateer in the War of the Spanish Succession. While marauding in the West Indies and along the Atlantic coast, Blackbeard enjoyed the protection of North Carolina's governor—who partook of the booty. A British naval force eventually killed Blackbeard and took his head back to England as proof. Legend has since romanticized the notoriously cruel pirate. When was his wrecked ship rediscovered? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles de Gaulle (1890)

De Gaulle was a French general and statesman. He left France after it fell to the Germans in WWII and started the Free French movement in England. He returned to France after the liberation of Paris and headed two provisional governments before resigning in 1946. When an insurrection in Algeria threatened to bring civil war to France, he returned to government, helped establish the Fifth Republic, and became its first president in 1958. What was his role in the "Empty Chair Crisis"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2015)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
In the News

Ugly Animals Need Saving Too

People tend to have a natural fondness for cute, cuddly looking creatures like pandas, so when their populations are threatened, they receive a great deal of media attention. However, not all animals that are endangered are aesthetically pleasing. In fact, some are downright ugly. Still, each species is unique in its own way, and each needs help to survive. To this end, the Zoological Society for London has undertaken a campaign to raise awareness of some of the more unusual and neglected species on the brink of extinction, among them the long-beaked echidna, the Sunda pangolin, and the Mallorcan midwife toad. More...
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