Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
Word of the Day

vaporing

Definition:(noun) Boastful or bombastic talk or behavior.
Synonyms:brag, gasconade
Usage: Captain Bonneville purchased a supply of buffalo meat from his braggadocio friends; who, with all their vaporing, were in fact a very forlorn horde.
Article of the Day

The Lowell Mill Girls

Situated on the Merrimack River, the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, was home to dozens of textile mills in the mid-19th century. Attracted by the promise of high wages, thousands of young women came to the mills for work. Living and working together in close quarters, they developed a distinct community. When profits declined, hours were increased, wages were lowered, and the women organized strikes and started a labor reform organization. In 1853, their workday was shortened to how many hours? More...
This Day in History

Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America (1861)

As a US senator, Davis advocated states' rights but tried to discourage secession. Still, when Mississippi seceded, he resigned from the Senate, was appointed major general of the Mississippi militia, and soon was chosen to be president of the Confederacy. After Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered without Davis's approval in 1865, Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, hoping to continue the fight until he could secure better terms from the North. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Dow (1851)

In the early 1880s, Charles Dow and Edward Davis Jones established the Dow Jones Average as a stock price indicator consisting mostly of railroad stocks. In 1889, Dow Jones & Co. began publication of the Wall Street Journal, and the well-known Dow Jones Industrial Average was created in 1896. Today, there are four different Dow Jones averages—industrial stocks, transportation stocks, utility stocks, and a composite average of all three. What were Dow's "Leadville Letters"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have the heart (to do something)

To be hard hearted, callous, or unsympathetic (enough to do something); to have the emotional resolve (to do something). Usually used in the negative. More...
Today's Holiday

The New York City Marathon (2016)

The New York City Marathon began in 1970 as a race four times around Central Park. In 1976, Fred Lebow and the New York Road Runners Club, the world's largest running club and the race's sponsor, decided to invite top runners from all over the world, and to run the course through all five New York boroughs. About 30,000 runners compete in the race, and over a million New Yorkers turn out to watch and cheer the runners on. More...
In the News

Supercomputer to Become World's Fastest

The Titan supercomputer unveiled Monday at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US is expected to become the fastest in the world when it comes fully online in late 2012 or early 2013. Developed by Cray, Inc., the supercomputer is expected to operate with a maximum performance power of 20 petaflops, meaning it can perform 20 quadrillion calculations every second. A quadrillion is a one followed by 15 zeroes. More...
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