Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

abattoir

Definition:(noun) A building where animals are butchered.
Synonyms:slaughterhouse, butchery, shambles
Usage: The largest abattoirs are those of the meatpacking industry.
Article of the Day

Sumo Wrestling

Japanese sumo wrestling originated as a religious ritual performed at Shinto shrines and evolved into a spectator sport in the 17th and 18th centuries. Matches often last only a few seconds and end when one wrestler forces his opponent to either step outside the fighting ring or touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet. Wrestlers generally weigh more than 300 lbs (135 kg) and follow a rigorous training regimen. What is the life expectancy of a sumo wrestler? 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
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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

Horror Films Really Can Curdle Your Blood

Scary movies really are blood-curdling, researchers report. In medieval times, it was believed that extreme fear could "curdle" -- or congeal -- blood. Modern-day researchers decided to scientifically test that theory.They recruited 24 healthy young ... More...
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