Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 20, 2014)
Word of the Day

stentorian

Definition:(adjective) Extremely loud.
Synonyms:booming
Usage: He was woken by the stentorian voice of his teacher, demanding to know why he wasn't paying attention.
Article of the Day

What Is Organic Food?

Growing health consciousness has caused organic food to skyrocket in popularity. Proponents of organic farming claim that it yields more nutritious, safer, and tastier food because it is not prepared with the synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, medicated feed, and chemicals that are often used in food processing. Food whose ingredients are at least 95% organic by weight may carry the "USDA ORGANIC" label. Who is credited with coining the term "organic farming"? 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
Dragging out life to the last possible second isn't living to the best effect. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat. The best of life...lies nearest to the edge of death.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

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

NHL Trying to Check Mumps Outbreak

An outbreak of mumps is occurring in the US among a very specific population: members of the National Hockey League. More than two dozen players on multiple teams have tested positive for the disease in recent weeks, including superstar Sidney Crosby. Mumps is a contagious disease characterized by swelling of the salivary glands. Although nearly all children in the US are immunized against the disease, immunity can decrease with age. Teams are now providing booster shots to players, and all the affected players are expected to recover without any lasting effects. More...
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