Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

enkindle

Definition:(verb) Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).
Synonyms:arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, fire, raise
Usage: Melissa's coy smile enkindled the hopes of the young man seeking her favor.
Article of the Day

Molecular Clouds

Throughout the universe, new stars are born in cold, concentrated, asymmetrical clouds of interstellar gas where molecules exist in appreciable abundance. These molecular clouds are often so dark and full of dust that light cannot pass through them, and when they collapse internally, new stars are formed. The motions of such clouds are governed by turbulence and gravity, and they can be tremendously large. Within our own galaxy, where are clouds of molecular gasses predominantly located? More...
This Day in History

Illinois Becomes the 21st US State (1818)

At the end the French and Indian Wars, France ceded the entire Illinois region to Britain. This region was an integral part of the Old Northwest that was brought within US boundaries 20 years later by the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution. In 1787, the area was officially designated the Northwest Territory. Made part of Indiana Territory in 1800, Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. In recent years, Illinois has earned recognition for being what sort of state? More...
Today's Birthday

George Brinton McClellan (1826)

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, McClellan was placed in command of the Union forces in Ohio. Appointed general-in-chief of the army by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, he cautiously conducted the Peninsular Campaign but failed to take Richmond. At the Battle of Antietam, he failed to destroy Robert E. Lee's army, and Lincoln removed him from command. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president against Lincoln. What did Lee once say about McClellan? More...
Quotation of the Day
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

gunner's daughter

obsolete A cannon or other such armament used on a naval vessel, to which seamen were bound so as to receive lashings during corporal punishment. (Usually used with the verbs marry, kiss, or hug + the.) More...
Today's Holiday

Noel Night (2016)

Noel Night is a community holiday celebration that takes place on the first Saturday of December in the University Cultural Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1973, Noel Night offers dozens of unique holiday displays and activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a living nativity scene, musical and comedy performances, holiday lighting, and an ice sculpture competition. A community sing-a-long led by the Salvation Army Band concludes the festivities, which take place between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM. More...
In the News

Farmer Grandfather's Second Act as a Women's Fashion Model

Usually, when a model fails to show up for her scheduled fashion shoot, the company that hired her suffers a setback. However, for one group of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs, it was possibly the best thing that could have happened to them. On that day, 72-year-old former farmer Liu Qianping was visiting his granddaughter, one of the business partners, and offered to help by standing in for the missing model. In the weeks since he began modeling the women's fashions, Liu has become an Internet sensation, and visits to the women's website have increased four-fold. More...
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