Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

natation

Definition:(noun) The act or art of swimming or floating on water.
Synonyms:floating
Usage: Prolonged natation will cause the skin on your hands and feet to swell and wrinkle.
Article of the Day

The Harmonium

Invented in the 1840s, the harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument in which air is forced over reeds by means of foot-operated bellows. Pitch is determined by the size of the reeds, while sound quality is determined by the size and shape of the tone chamber surrounding each reed. It is smaller and lighter than a piano, has no pipes, and is resistant to damage. Easier to ship that a piano, it was popular in 19th-century colonies, such as India, where it has developed in what unique ways? More...
This Day in History

Anti-Comintern Pact Signed by Germany and Japan (1936)

The German-Japanese Anti-Comintern Pact was one of a series of agreements leading to the formation of the Axis Powers. Ostensibly directed against the Comintern, an association of national communist parties that degenerated under Stalin into an instrument of Soviet politics, the pact contained a secret agreement stating that if either signatory power went to war with the USSR, the other would maintain a benevolent neutrality. What other countries eventually signed the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Benz (1844)

Benz was a German engineer credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. His Motorwagen, the first commercial automobile, was first driven in 1885 and patented the next year. It had three wheels, an electric ignition, differential gears, and was water-cooled. Benz's familiarity with and fondness for bicycles inspired the design of his "horseless carriage." According to legend, who took one of Benz's early models on the first long-distance road trip? More...
Quotation of the Day
Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

St. Catherine's Day (Estonia) (2015)

Estonian folklorists believe that the customs associated with Kadripäev, or St. Catherine's Day, may date back to pre-Christian times. The holiday is strongly associated with women and their traditional activities, such as herding. People dress up in light-colored clothing, symbolizing winter's snow, and visit their neighbors, singing songs and offering blessings for the family's animals. In return, householders offer them cloth, wool, or food. An old superstition connected with the day forbade such activities as shearing as a means of protecting the sheep. More...
In the News

US Lawmakers Say Pizza and Fries Count as Vegetables

School meals subsidized by the federal government are required to include a certain amount of vegetables, but do pizza and French fries really fit the bill? Apparently, US lawmakers think so. The US House of Representatives passed a bill last week that abandons proposals that would limit the frequency with which schools could serve white potatoes and effectively strip pizza's status as a vegetable. Pizza's qualification as a vegetable rests on the tomato paste sandwiched between its crust and cheese. The proposed changes would have raised the serving size to half a cup, much more than is found on a single slice of pizza. More...
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