Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 3, 2011)
Word of the Day

diskette

Definition:(noun) A small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer.
Synonyms:floppy
Usage: Due to their relatively slow speed and small capacity, diskettes have largely been replaced by data storage devices like CDs and USB flash drives.
Article of the Day

Project MKULTRA

Project MKULTRA was the code name of a covert, illegal operation of the US Central Intelligence Agency that used US and Canadian citizens to research interrogation methods and behavior modification without their knowledge or consent. The full extent of the project is unknown, since the CIA ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973. The project, which lasted from the 1950s to the late 1960s, included the surreptitious administration of drugs such as LSD. What other experiments were conducted? More...
This Day in History

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, now The Times of India, Is Founded (1838)

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was established in 1838. Since then, both the name of the newspaper and the name of the city have changed. In 1861, 134 years before Bombay was renamed Mumbai, the paper was renamed The Times of India. Today, The Times of India, an English-language daily, has the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world. What is its estimated readership in India? More...
Today's Birthday

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (1908)

Named an All-American at the University of Minnesota in 1929 as both a tackle and fullback, Nagurski turned pro to play for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, becoming the archetypical pile-driving fullback of the 1930s. Although he was never the league's rushing leader, Nagurski was nearly impossible to stop without a gain and often dragged multiple tacklers with him before going down. In addition to football, Nagurski competed in what other sport on a professional level? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have the floor

To have the right or opportunity to speak in a group, especially at a formal event or gathering. More...
Today's Holiday

Bunka-no-Hi (2016)

Bunka-no-Hi is a Japanese national holiday on which medals are awarded by the government to those who have made special contributions in the fields of arts and sciences. Winners are not always Japanese—the American Apollo 11 astronauts are among past honorees. This is also the anniversary of the adoption of Japan's current constitution in 1946. The day was formerly celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Meiji, whose reign was known as the age of bummei-kaika—"civilization and enlightenment." Today, this holiday serves to promote the love of freedom, peace, and cultural development. More...
In the News

No Wheels, No Problem for Polish Pilot

Captain Tadeusz Wrona, the pilot who landed a Boeing 767 at Warsaw's airport with its wheels up after the landing gear failed, is being hailed as a national hero in Poland. Despite the fact that the aircraft landed on its belly and threw up sparks as it slid along the runway, not one of the 230 people on board was seriously hurt in Tuesday's emergency landing. In preparation for the crash landing, the flight crew kept the plane in the air, circling the airport for nearly an hour to burn off excess fuel, and ground crews covered the runway in fire retardant foam while emergency crews assembled nearby. More...
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