Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

querulous

Definition:(adjective) Given to complaining; peevish.
Synonyms:fretful, whiny
Usage: The teacher's patience was wearing thin, but the querulous student nevertheless continued to whine about how much homework she was assigning.
Article of the Day

La Brea Tar Pits

This famous fossil field is located in Los Angeles, California. Once used by local Native Americans as a source of tar for waterproofing, the tar pits are now a protected archeological site, as they contain a vast quantity of fossils from the last ice age. Indeed, more than one million prehistoric specimens have already been exhumed from the pits, among them mammoth, mastodon, and saber-toothed cat fossils, and are on display at the Page Museum there. What is a tar pit, and how does it form? More...
This Day in History

Bank Robber "Baby Face" Nelson Killed in FBI Shootout (1934)

Born Lester Gillis, George "Baby Face" Nelson began his life of crime in his early teens. After a series of auto thefts and bank robberies, Nelson joined the notorious Dillinger gang, which was being pursued by the FBI. Despite his innocent-sounding nickname—given for his youthful appearance and small stature—Nelson hated police and FBI agents and hunted them at every opportunity, a pastime that ultimately led to his undoing. How many times was Nelson shot in his final shootout with FBI agents? More...
Today's Birthday

Jimi Hendrix (1942)

One of the tragic figures of 1960s pop music, the left-handed Hendrix taught himself to play the guitar, which he held upside down. His appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the success of the album Are You Experienced? lifted him to instant stardom. A year after his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, Hendrix died at age 27 of an apparently accidental barbiturate overdose. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, including which well-known musicians? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Today's Holiday

Black Friday (United States) (2015)

Shoppers and retailers in the United States refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping. More...
In the News

Google's New Project: A Steady Spoon

Among Google's latest attempts at innovation is a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. The project was begun by a small startup that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Equipped with sensors that detect shaking, the spoon uses algorithms to keep it steady, reducing shaking by an average of 76 percent, according to the results of clinical trials. Doctors say the device has allowed some patients to eat independently who otherwise would have to be fed. More...
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