Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 5, 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

The Gunpowder Plot Is Thwarted (1605)

Angered by King James I's refusal to grant more religious toleration to Catholics, a group of conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and kill the king. The plot was discovered, and conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar under the palace at Westminster, where he had concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder. Under torture, he revealed the names of his coconspirators, and they were all either killed while resisting arrest or executed in 1606. How is November 5 celebrated in England today? More...
Today's Birthday

William James Durant (1885)

Durant was an American historian and essayist. In 1926, he published The Story of Philosophy, which soon became a bestseller. He then began a decades-long project—the writing of a comprehensive history of civilization. The result was The Story of Civilization, a monumental, 4,000,000-word, 10,000-page work stretching from prehistory to the 19th century. The series, published in 11 volumes from 1935 to 1975, introduced millions to intellectual history. Who coauthored the work? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have the guts (to do something)

To have enough courage, conviction, or resolve (to do something). More...
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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