Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 06, 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

First Flight of the Hawker Hurricane (1935)

First tested in 1935, the Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft powered by a newly designed Rolls-Royce engine. Together with the Spitfire, the Hurricane enabled the Royal Air Force (RAF) to win the Battle of Britain of 1940, accounting for the majority of the RAF's air victories during this period. About 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944, and the aircraft served in all the major theatres of World War II. What was the Hurricane's maximum speed? More...
Today's Birthday

John Philip Sousa (1854)

Known as "The March King," Sousa was an American bandmaster who composed more than 130 military marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Semper Fidelis"—the official march of the US Marines. In 1868, when Sousa was 13, his father enlisted him in the Marine Corps as an apprentice in the Marine Band, which he later led from 1880 until 1892, at which point he formed his own band and toured to great acclaim. In the 1890s, Sousa developed a type of bass tuba now known as what? 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)

Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2015)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. 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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