Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 06, 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

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
I will praise any man that will praise me.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

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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