Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

drivel

Definition:(noun) Foolish or senseless talk.
Synonyms:nonsense, rubbish, garbage
Usage: I was hoping my teacher would not actually listen to my presentation, because I knew it was absolute drivel, but the "F" on my transcript was proof that I had not fooled anyone.
Article of the Day

The Butterfly Effect

The idea that a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere in a complex system—for instance, that the flapping of a butterfly's wings might eventually produce a hurricane—is called the butterfly effect. A common trope in science fiction involving time travel, the butterfly effect is studied in chaos theory. The term was coined by meteorologist Edward Lorenz, the first to describe "deterministic chaos" as a shaper of weather. How did he accidentally discover the butterfly effect? More...
This Day in History

Montezuma Welcomes Cortés upon His Arrival in Tenochtitlán (1519)

Montezuma was the ruler of the Aztecs at the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which began in earnest in 1519, when Hernán Cortés scuttled his ships on the Mexican coast and committed himself and his 508 men to conquest. After accumulating thousands of Indian allies who resented Aztec domination, Cortés forged ahead to Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital. There, Montezuma welcomed him, possibly because he believed Cortés to be the reincarnation of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Mitchell (1900)

After working as a journalist, Mitchell spent 10 years writing her only novel: Gone with the Wind, a romantic, panoramic portrait of the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods from the white Southern point of view. The book, which earned Mitchell the Pulitzer Prize, is one of the most popular novels in the history of American publishing, and its film adaptation was also extraordinarily successful. Whose stories gave Mitchell insight into the Civil War-era South? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Edmund Fitzgerald Anniversary (2015)

On November 10, 1975, the 26,000-ton ore carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the largest ship on the Great Lakes in its time, sank during a deadly storm on Lake Superior. A commemoration of that tragedy is held at the Mariners' Church in downtown Detroit, Michigan. As the names of the 29 lost crewmen are read out, a family member or friend of the deceased rings a ship's bell. Beginning in 2006, the church expanded its service to include a 30th ring to remember all lives lost on the Great Lakes, some 30,000 sailors in 6,000 shipwrecks over the years. More...
In the News

Swaddling May Damage Hip Development

The age-old practice of swaddling infants fell out of favor long ago, but it is currently undergoing a resurgence, and this could be placing babies' hips at risk. Swaddling involves tightly wrapping an infant in a cloth or blanket. This is thought to mimic the sensation of being in the womb and have a soothing effect. However, some experts worry that tightly restricting the movement of the hip joints at such an early stage could alter their development, leading to later problems. More...
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