Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

dupery

Definition:(noun) Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage.
Synonyms:hoax, put-on, humbug, fraudulence
Usage: Even the most intelligent among us may be tempted by the dupery of Internet con artists if we are not careful.
Article of the Day

The Gyroscope

Among the unusual properties at work in gyroscopes is the resistance of a spinning object to being tilted. If set in a free-moving framework, such an object can provide a stable point of reference even if everything else around it—an airplane, for example—tilts. The effect is so strong that large gyroscopes can even prevent ships from rolling. Today, gyroscopes are used in missile guidance, automatic steering, and video game technology. What toys, besides tops, work with gyroscopic effects? More...
This Day in History

Tokyo Tower Completed (1958)

In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was searching for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, architects designed the 1,093-foot- (333-meter-) tall Tokyo Tower, the world's tallest self-supporting steel structure. Today, the Tokyo Tower serves as a television and radio communications tower and is also a major tourist attraction. What was the source of about a third of the metal used in the tower's construction? More...
Today's Birthday

Yousuf Karsh (1908)

Karsh was a Canadian photographer of Armenian descent noted for his portraits of the world's most prominent figures. Born in Turkey, he immigrated to Canada at 16, after losing his sister in the Armenian Genocide. He opened his own studio in the early 1930s and was appointed official portrait photographer of the Canadian government in 1935. His portrait of a scowling and defiant Winston Churchill is said to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. What made Churchill so mad? More...
Quotation of the Day
History develops, art stands still.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Festivus (2015)

The holiday of Festivus first originated on the Seinfeld television program in the 1990s. The character Frank Costanza, father of George Costanza, invented the holiday when he found that the usual year-end holidays did not fulfill him. Festivus, he explains, is "for the rest of us." To mark Festivus, a plain aluminum pole is placed in a bucket of cement. One by one, those present grab the pole and air their grievances about how other people disappointed them in the past year. After this comes the "feats of strength," in which all those present try to subdue the head of the household. More...
In the News

Even Skeptics Now Warming to Idea of Climate Change

The topic of global warming is one that has been hotly debated for many years, but as unusual and extreme weather events strike the US with increasing frequency, Americans are finding it harder to dismiss the concept of climate change. A new poll finds that nearly four out of five Americans now believe that global warming exists and poses a serious threat to the country. Interestingly, the greatest shift from skeptic to believer was seen among those who generally distrust scientists. More...
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