Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 6, 2014)
Word of the Day

akin

Definition:(adjective) Similar in quality or character.
Synonyms:kindred
Usage: The students watched the principal approaching with a feeling akin to terror.
Article of the Day

The Vending Machine

Today, there are few things that cannot be purchased from vending machines. Most vending machines in the US dispense snacks, beverages, and other inexpensive merchandise, but in the 1950s, some airports featured life insurance policy-dispensing machines. In Japan, where there is approximately one vending machine for every 23 people, you can buy everything from live lobsters to iPods to underwear from machines. Who is believed to have invented the first vending machine and what did it dispense? 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
I will praise any man that will praise me.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

Ready, Set, Swat!

If you live in southern Taiwan and your mosquito squashing skills are up to snuff, you have a chance at pocketing some cash. In an effort to curb the mosquito population, which has caused an outbreak of dengue fever in the region, the health department of the city of Kaohsiung is holding a contest. It is offering NT$3,000 (US$100) to the person who captures or kills the most mosquitoes during the contest period. Runners-up will walk away with insect repellant and mosquito nets. More...
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