Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

unfrequented

Definition:(adjective) Devoid of creatures.
Synonyms:lonely, solitary
Usage: The reference library is quite unfrequented as a rule, and the silence there is so intense that I often find myself holding my breath in a subconscious effort to remain noiseless.
Article of the Day

The Steam Engine

In a steam engine, hot steam expands under pressure, and part of the heat energy is converted into work. The idea to harness steam’s power and convert it to mechanical energy dates back 2,000 years to Hero of Alexandria and his aeolipile, but the concept was not successfully applied to the building of a power source until about 1700. Improvements to the steam engine over the next century allowed it to play a major role in the Industrial Revolution. Why is there renewed interest in steam power? More...
This Day in History

Man Shoots Four Would-Be Robbers on NYC Subway (1984)

Dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by the tabloids, Bernard Hugo Goetz became a symbol of New Yorkers' frustrations with rampant crime when he shot four men intending to rob him on a city subway train, paralyzing one of them. The publicity following the incident and his ensuing trial for attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and firearms offenses divided the public. While some believed Goetz rightly acted in self-defense, others felt he had overreacted. What was the result of the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (1912)

Taylor married future US President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. In 1943, she bought a debt-ridden radio station and built it into a multimillion-dollar broadcasting company, later helping to finance her husband's first election campaign. As first lady, she played an active role in politics while supporting the "war on poverty," environmental causes, early education, and national beautification projects. She later wrote A White House Diary. How did she get the nickname "Lady Bird"? More...
Quotation of the Day
The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Soyaluna (Hopi Soyal Ceremony) (2015)

The Hopi traditionally believed that at the time of the Winter Solstice, the Sun had traveled as far from the Earth as he ever did. The purpose of Soyaluna is to prevent the disappearance of the Sun at the time of year when the days are at their shortest. The main ceremony takes place in the kiva, a large, circular underground room. Hopi priests prepare the kiva by scattering cornmeal around the floor. A stack of corn serves as an altar, surrounded by stalks and husks. At the solstice, everyone assembles in the kiva for rituals designed to bring the sun back for another agricultural year. More...
In the News

World's Shortest Woman Has Big Dreams

The 18th birthday celebration of Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India, involved cake, friends, and a Guinness representative armed with a measuring tape. There, she was measured and officially declared the world's shortest living woman. An achondroplastic dwarf, Amge is a mere 24.7 in (62.8 cm) tall. Though small, she has big dreams and is on her way to realizing them. She hopes to one day become a Bollywood star and is already slated to star in two films next year. More...
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