Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

imposture

Definition:(noun) The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
Synonyms:impersonation
Usage: I am not Prince Camaralzaman, but a princess like yourself and his wife, and I beg you to listen to my story, then I am sure you will forgive my imposture.
Article of the Day

The 1908 New York to Paris Race

On February 12, 1908, six cars representing four nations—Germany, France, Italy, and the US—embarked on an automobile race from New York City to Paris. The challenge was daunting enough given the newness of the automobile and the unpaved nature—or nonexistence—of many roads, but the months-long journey also had to be re-routed at times due to impassable conditions. Only three cars managed to complete the race. The Germans reached Paris first, but the US team was declared the winner. Why? More...
This Day in History

First Version of Perl Programming Language Released (1987)

Perl is a high-level computer programming language written by Larry Wall that combines syntax from several Unix utilities and languages. Introduced in 1987, Perl is designed to handle a variety of system administrator functions and provides comprehensive string handling functions. Its use has grown significantly since its adoption as the language of choice of many Web developers, and Perl is now one of the most popular languages for writing CGI scripts. How did the language get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Moses (1888)

For 40 years, Moses—"master builder" of mid-20th-century New York—held a series of municipal positions that allowed him to radically change the city and its environs by creating a system of parkways, bridges, tunnels, and housing projects. Arguably the most powerful person in state government from the 1930s to the 1950s, he is credited with building 416 miles of parkway, 13 major bridges, and 658 playgrounds and setting aside over 2 million acres of parkland. Why was his approach controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's nothing like a debate to teach one quickness.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude (2015)

The Virgen de la Soledad, or Our Lady of Solitude, is the patroness of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Preparations for her fiesta begin several days before December 18, when carnival rides and food booths are set up in the vicinity of the church. For several evenings there are calendas, processions of men and women carrying colored paper lanterns illuminated by candles. There are also floats and huge papier-mâché caricatures of well-known individuals. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the state of Oaxaca to see the Virgin, who is dressed in velvet and satin gowns. More...
In the News

US FCC Reviewing In-Flight Phone Ban

Many countries have long prohibited in-flight mobile phone use due to the risk of interference with aircraft navigation and communication systems. However, in recent years, technological advances have largely eliminated this danger. As such, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering revoking its outdated ban. Not everyone is happy about this. Consumers and members of the airline industry alike have expressed fears that allowing people to gab away on their phones during flights will make air travel unbearable. As a result, the US Department of Transportation is mulling a ban of its own, which could restrict in-flight cell phone use to texting and web browsing. More...
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