Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

bolide

Definition:(noun) An especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding).
Synonyms:fireball
Usage: Nancy stared in awe through her telescope as a bolide rocketed into her view, shining brightly in the night sky.
Article of the Day

Sati

Sati is an Indian funerary practice in which a widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre. Though its stated purpose is to purge the sins of the couple and ensure their reunion in the afterlife, the practice has been encouraged by the low status of widowhood. Practiced since the 4th century BCE, sati became widespread in India in the 17th and 18th centuries, and not all instances were voluntary. Today, it occurs rarely, and mostly in remote areas. When was the practice outlawed? More...
This Day in History

Public Streetcar Service Begins in New York City (1832)

The first streetcars, which were drawn by horses, were introduced in New York City. The first electric streetcar system for urban passenger service in the US was introduced about 50 years later in Cleveland. The use of streetcars expanded in the US until World War I. Since then, most have been replaced by buses, although many still remain in use, and new streetcar systems have been introduced in some cities. What is the difference between a streetcar and a trolley? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles M. Schulz (1922)

Schulz was the creator of the enormously popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts, which ran continuously from 1950 until 2000, when Schulz announced its end shortly before his death. The strip's principal characters are Charlie Brown, a gentle, puzzled boy, usually failing, yet always persevering; Lucy, his bossy, know-it-all friend; Linus, a philosophical tyke with a security blanket; and Snoopy, a romantic, self-deluded beagle. Before Peanuts, Schulz worked for what magazine? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Today's Holiday

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Day (2015)

Thousands of visitors flock to Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving Day to watch the annual procession from Plymouth Rock to the First Parish Church. Each marcher represents one of the men, women, and children who survived the 1620 trip from England aboard the Mayflower to form the settlement known as Plimoth Plantation. The modern-day Plimoth Plantation is a living-history village that recreates Pilgrim life in 1627. Each November, Plimoth offers a variety of programs as well as period dining that features original Thanksgiving Day foods. More...
In the News

Yikes! Toilet Seats Cleaner than Cutting Boards

It seems disturbingly counterintuitive, but it turns out that toilet seats are actually cleaner than many kitchen items, including cutting boards, sponges, and dishcloths. The average toilet seat is contaminated with 50 bacteria per square inch. By contrast, the average cutting board is contaminated with about 200 times more fecal bacteria, and the average dishcloth contains 20,000 times the bacteria. Even worse, sponges are a whopping 200,000 times more bacteria laden. If the findings are any indication, people could learn something from the relative cleanliness of their bathrooms and need to take greater pains to keep kitchen surfaces clean. More...
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