Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

undistinguished

Definition:(adjective) Not worthy of notice.
Synonyms:insignificant
Usage: In spite of a loud voice … and an implacable manner, he had been an undistinguished member of most of the existing aeronautical associations.
Article of the Day

The Celestial Spheres

The concept of a spherical Earth was introduced by the ancient Greeks in the 6th century BCE. Hypotheses about its place in the universe soon followed. Ancient Greek philosophers imagined our motionless planet at the center of the universe, with all the celestial bodies revolving around it in a series of nested, concentric spheres. That theory dominated astronomy until the advent of the Sun-centered Copernican system in the 16th century. According to Aristotle, what moved each planet's sphere? More...
This Day in History

Electricity Generated for First Time at Nuclear Power Plant (1951)

Now a US National Historic Landmark, the Experimental Breeder Reactor I in Idaho became the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plant in 1951, when it produced enough electricity to illuminate four light bulbs. After the initial test, it subsequently generated sufficient electricity to power its building and continued to be used for experimental purposes until it was decommissioned in 1964. Today, the site is open to the public during what times of the year? More...
Today's Birthday

Harvey Firestone (1868)

In 1900, Firestone formed a company to manufacture and sell rubber tires for horse-drawn vehicles, but within four years, his business had shifted to making tires for the burgeoning auto market. Sales to Ford Motor Company helped put Firestone Tire & Rubber Company at the top of the US tire industry. In 1924, Firestone established his own rubber plantations in Liberia, effectively defeating the British rubber cartel. What was "The Millionaires Club," and who besides Firestone was a member? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not right to glory in the slain.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Today's Holiday

Carriacou Parang Festival (2015)

The Carriacou Parang Festival has been held annually since 1977 to sustain the musical tradition of house-to-house serenading by acoustic string bands at Christmas time. Organized parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, its neighboring island Petit Martinique, and Grenada compete for cash prizes and a challenge trophy. Groups comprise not more than eight members, all dressed in colorful outfits to reflect the festive season. Some of the instruments used include the bass drum, guitar, violin, marack (shack-shack), mandolin, saxophone, and others. More...
In the News

Stroke Sends Iraqi President to the Hospital

Iraqi president Jalal Talabani was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering a stroke and will be transported to Germany for further treatment. Official statements list the statesman's condition as stable; however, unofficial sources claim that his condition is much more serious and that he may even be comatose. Talabani's deteriorating health could have significant consequences for Iraq, because although his office is largely ceremonial, Talabani has been instrumental in brokering agreements between sectarian and ethnic groups. More...
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