Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

reproachful

Definition:(adjective) Expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective.
Synonyms:admonishing, reproving, admonitory
Usage: The milkmaid cast many reproachful glances over her shoulder at the clumsy strangers, holding her nicked elbow close to her side.
Article of the Day

District Heating

Just as electricity can be generated at a central location and then distributed to customers, heat can be produced at a central plant using geothermal, nuclear, or solar energy and then sent out to customers to warm their homes and businesses. The heat is distributed by means of insulated pipes that carry water or steam. District heating is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly methods of heating. What country heats approximately 95 percent of its houses using district heating? More...
This Day in History

First Manned Voyage to a Celestial Body Launched (1968)

Also the first manned launch of a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 8 was the first manned voyage to a celestial body—the Moon. It took about three days for the craft to enter lunar orbit, whereupon it proceeded to orbit the Moon 10 times in 20 hours. The three crew members were the first humans to see the far side of the Moon—an important precursor to the historic lunar landing that would occur less than a year later. In a Christmas Eve live TV broadcast from space, the crew read from what book? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Zappa (1940)

Zappa was a prolific and highly distinctive guitarist, composer, and songwriter. His career spanned more than 30 years and encompassed a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, and classical. He released the groundbreaking double album Freak Out! with the Mothers of Invention in 1966. With its raw sound, sophisticated arrangements, and lyrics praising nonconformity, the album immediately established Zappa as a radical new voice in rock music. What unusual names did he give his children? More...
Quotation of the Day
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Doleing Day (2015)

It was customary at one time in England on St. Thomas's Day for the poorer inhabitants of the parish to call on their wealthier neighbors and receive a gift or "dole" of food or money. In return, they would give their benefactors a sprig of holly or mistletoe. The custom of "going a-gooding," as it was called, gave rise to the name Gooding Day in parts of Sussex; in other areas, it was referred to as Mumping (Begging) Day, since those who had to beg were said to be "on the mump." Children would often spend St. Thomas's Day begging for apples. More...
In the News

The End of the World?

Today marks the end of an age in the Mayan Long Count calendar and, according to some, the end of the world. Although scholars have widely rejected the latter claim, the belief has persisted in various forms. Theories range from the apocalyptic —that the planet will be completely destroyed—to the Utopian—that the peoples of the world will undergo a spiritual shift bringing about world peace. While some fearful believers are currently hunkered down in shelters around the globe, many more people—believers and skeptics alike—are out having fun, using the day as an excuse to party like there's no tomorrow. More...
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