Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

vacuous

Definition:(adjective) Devoid of intelligence.
Synonyms:asinine, fatuous, inane, mindless
Usage: The interviewer could tell by the candidate's vacuous comments that he was not qualified for the position.
Article of the Day

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee. It is the oldest continuous radio program in the US, having been broadcast on WSM since November 28, 1925. The featured performer on the first show was Uncle Jimmy Thompson, a fiddler who was then 77 years old. In 1926, Uncle Dave Macon, a Tennessee banjo player, became the program's first real star. What was the original name of the Opry, and why did it change? More...
This Day in History

Baldwin I Crowned First King of Jerusalem (1100)

The son of a French count, Baldwin joined the First Crusade and created the first Crusader state when in 1098 he gained control of Edessa, now in Turkey. In 1100, his brother Godfrey died in Jerusalem, and Baldwin was summoned by the nobles to succeed him as king of the Crusader state. He expanded the kingdom by conquering coastal cities and established an administration that served for 200 years as the basis for Frankish rule in Syria and Palestine. Where did Baldwin's coronation take place? More...
Today's Birthday

Clara Barton (1821)

Barton was a pioneering American nurse and humanitarian. During the American Civil War, she organized the distribution of medicine and supplies to wounded soldiers and nursed in army camps and battlefields, earning the title "Angel of the Battlefield." In Europe at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, she began doing relief work there under the auspices of the International Red Cross. In 1881, she organized the American Red Cross, heading it until 1904. Who was Barton's first-ever patient? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall not die of a cold ... I shall die of having lived.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

Crossing of the Delaware (2015)

On Christmas night in 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River just before the Battle of Trenton. The crossing is reenacted on December 25 each year, beginning at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and ending on the opposite bank at Washington Crossing, New Jersey. The costumed actors who cross the river try to reproduce the scene exactly as it is depicted in the painting by Emanual Leutze: Green Mountain Boys sit in the bow, Gloucester fishermen man the oars, and General Washington stands with one foot on the gunwale. More...
In the News

Japan's Underwater City

A Japanese construction firm with a penchant for pie-in-the-sky projects has a new plan: an underwater city. The Shimizu Corporation, a prominent builder that once pitched a space hotel, has proposed an undersea spiral off the coast of Japan that would stretch 2.8 miles (4.5 km) down to the sea floor. A habitable zone would be situated in a massive sphere just below the surface, and energy would be generated by thermal energy conversion and by using micro-organisms to turn carbon dioxide into methane. However, the company says the required technology won't be ready for another 15 years. More...
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