Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 03, 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Usage: Due to their relatively slow speed and small capacity, diskettes have largely been replaced by data storage devices like CDs and USB flash drives.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

Last Hanging at Tyburn Gallows (1783)

In 1571, a novel triangular gallows allowing for the hanging of several people at once was erected in the English village of Tyburn, which became so famous for its executions that thousands of paying spectators would turn out for hangings. During a 1649 mass execution, 24 prisoners were hanged there. The site became synonymous with capital punishment and was commonly invoked in euphemisms like "to take a ride to Tyburn," meaning to go to one's hanging. Who was "Lord of the Manor of Tyburn"? More...
Today's Birthday

Vincenzo Bellini (1801)

Bellini was an Italian composer who was born into a musical family and began composing in his childhood. He wrote his first opera at age 24 and went on to complete nine more before his death at age 33. His most celebrated works, which rely strongly on beautiful vocal melody and include the operas Norma and La Sonnambula—Italian for "The Sleepwalker"—greatly influenced the work of Giuseppe Verdi. According to legend, what musical feat could Bellini perform at just 18 months of age? 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)

Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2015)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. 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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