Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

ken

Definition:(noun) Range of what one can know or understand.
Synonyms:cognizance
Usage: This level of mathematics is beyond my ken.
Article of the Day

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a Canadian province situated in the Maritimes. It is the nation's smallest province in both size and population, but it has Canada's highest population density. With its fertile, distinctive red soil and its agreeable climate, the island has become known as the Garden of the Gulf. Tourism and fishing contribute to the island's economy, and there may be natural gas deposits beneath its eastern end. What Canadian author and PEI native set most of her novels there? 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
Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

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

Engineers Develop Safer Button Battery

Button batteries, those easily ingested, little, disc-shaped batteries that power things like toys, watches, and hearing aids, are responsible for thousands of children's emergency room visits every year. Some suffer severe injuries and even death as a result of the current these batteries release while in the digestive tract or as a result of battery leakage. However, a simple and cheap solution has been devised that could render the batteries harmless if swallowed. Engineers coated button batteries with a material that prevents them from releasing current unless they are squeezed firmly, as by springs in a battery compartment, and with a sealant that minimizes the risk of battery leakage. More...
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