Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

edacious

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by voracity; devouring.
Synonyms:ravenous, voracious, wolfish, esurient, rapacious, ravening
Usage: The edacious vultures soon devoured the animal's remains.
Article of the Day

Rice Paddies

In Asian countries where traditional methods of rice cultivation are practiced, rice is grown in flooded fields called rice paddies. The fields are first prepared by plowing, fertilizing, and smoothing, and seedlings are started in seedling beds. They are then transplanted by hand to the fields, which have been flooded by rain or river water. Irrigation is maintained by dike-controlled canals or by hand watering until the fields are drained for harvesting. What is the origin of the word "paddy"? More...
This Day in History

Our Lady of the Angels School Fire (1958)

Shortly before classes were dismissed on December 1, 1958, a fire broke out at the foot of a stairway in the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, Illinois. A total of 92 students and 3 nuns died and another 100 were seriously injured when smoke, heat, and fire cut off their normal means of escape. Many perished jumping from second-floor windows. The tragedy dominated headlines and led to nationwide changes to school fire safety regulations. How is the fire thought to have started? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Virginia Martin (1913)

Martin was an American musical comedy star. She co-owned a dance school in her native Texas before moving in 1938 to New York City, where she earned a small part in the musical Leave It To Me, winning widespread popularity with her buoyant singing voice and high-spirited temperament. She went on to star in several enormously successful musicals, including South Pacific, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music, as well as a number of films. Who is Martin's famous son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Today's Holiday

World AIDS Day (2015)

In order to promote more social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the World Health Organization (WHO) declared December 1 as World AIDS Day in 1988. Every year, various global agencies take the lead in coordinating this day and in educating people about HIV/AIDS. In the United States, local communities, organizations, and schools have observed World AIDS Day by disseminating education and prevention materials and holding candlelight memorial services, among many other events. More...
In the News

Stone Age Ax Found with Wooden Handle Intact

Archeologists on the Danish island of Lolland have uncovered a 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe with an intact wooden handle—an extremely rare discovery. The Stone Age artifact was found during excavations conducted prior to a tunnel project. It was unearthed in what was once seabed, perhaps deposited there as a ritual offering. Experts say the lack of oxygen in the clay where it was found likely helped to preserve the axe. Recent excavations nearby also uncovered 5,000-year-old human footprints. More...
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