Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

driblet

Definition:(noun) A small quantity (especially of a liquid).
Synonyms:drop
Usage: A driblet of water escaped from the corner of her mouth.
Article of the Day

Computer Worms

The Internet is a gamer's haven, a business's lifeline, and a hacker's playground. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of worms have devastated the infrastructure of millions of computers around the world, causing billions of dollars of damage—and the life of the worm is far from over. Jerusalem, Michelangelo, and Melissa may all sound innocuous, but these worms have left a trail of devastation in their wake. What are some examples of worms that were launched with non-malicious intent? More...
This Day in History

World's First Communications Satellite Launched (1958)

Today, communications satellites are widely used to provide internet access, TV and radio broadcasting, and mobile telephone service, even to areas where traditional cable service is unfeasible. The first such satellite, launched by the US Air Force, was Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment). It was equipped with two tape recorders—each with a four-minute capacity—and batteries that would last for 12 days. What was the first message broadcast from the satellite? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Grimaldi (1778)

Grimaldi was an English actor who is considered the inventor of the modern clown character. He made his debut as a young child at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, and for years he performed there and at Drury Lane. By the time he starred in Harlequin Mother Goose at Covent Garden in 1806, he was a legend. He is credited with introducing the white makeup now commonly worn by clowns. Exhausted by the physical exertion of clowning, he died in 1837. What famous author edited his memoirs? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

let's get something straight

set phrase Let's clear up any possible confusion, misunderstanding, or uncertainty (about something); let me make this perfectly clear. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Modesto's Day (2017)

St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. More...
In the News

What It's Really Like to Be a Google Doodler

Lots of aspiring engineers and programmers consider a gig at Google to be the holy grail of tech jobs. About 2 million hopefuls submit their resumes to the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant every year, according to The Guardian. Only 5,000 of ... More...
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