Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

byproduct

Definition:(noun) A product made during the manufacture of something else.
Synonyms:spin-off
Usage: Whey is a byproduct of the cheese production process.
Article of the Day

Singing Sand

Also known as sounding sand, singing sand is sand that emits musical, humming, whistling, or crunching sounds when disturbed. Although it has been studied extensively, the phenomenon is not completely understood. When it occurs near dunes, the sound accompanies a slumping or avalanching movement of the sand, usually triggered by wind or by someone walking near the crest. Different patches of sand are even said to "sing" at different frequencies. What are some locations where the sand sings? More...
This Day in History

Second Battle of Panipat (1556)

The Mughal empire was a Muslim imperial power that ruled most of the Asian subcontinent between the 16th and 19th centuries. Led by Babur, the dynasty's founder, Mughal forces made an inroad into India in 1526, occupying Delhi in the first Battle of Panipat. Babur was succeeded by his son, who soon lost the empire to the Afghan Sher Khan. In 1556, Babur's grandson came to power and defeated the army of Hemu in the Second Battle of Panipat. What became of Hemu? More...
Today's Birthday

Roy Rogers (1911)

A former fruit picker and cowboy, the guitar-strumming Rogers—born Leonard Franklin Slye—began his musical career in the 1930s as a radio performer. He later founded the Sons of the Pioneers, a singing trio that began appearing in movies in 1935, and soon succeeded Gene Autry as America's favorite singing cowboy in movies of the mid-1940s. Rogers appeared in dozens of B movies with his wife, Dale Evans, and his famous horse, Trigger. What was the theme song of their television program? More...
Quotation of the Day
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Día del Puno (2015)

Each year a festival takes place in Puno, Peru, during the first week in November to mark the legendary birth of the first Inca ruler, Manco Capac, and his wife, Mama Ocllo. On November 5, the date associated with their birth, a parade of reed boats, called balsas, accompanies an elaborately decorated boat that takes a couple playing the roles of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo to an island in the lake. There, the birth is dramatically reenacted. Festivities include performances by traditional dance and musical groups, sporting events, exhibits, and a crafts fair. More...
In the News

Massive Iceberg in the Making

Scientists are monitoring what they expect will be the birth of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. A 20-mile- (30-km-) long, 200-foot- (60-m-) deep rift has developed in the Pine Island Glacier, and an iceberg the size of Berlin is expected to break away from it sometime in the next few months. Experts say this is part of a natural cycle and occurs about every 10 years. Still, an iceberg that large will need to be carefully monitored. More...
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