Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

calumnious

Definition:(adjective) (Used of statements) Harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign.
Synonyms:defamatory, denigrating, libelous, slanderous
Usage: He concluded by calling for an investigation, which might dispose of the calumnious report before it had time to spread.
Article of the Day

Wheelies

A wheelie is an acrobatic stunt in which a vehicle's front wheel—or wheels—is lifted off the ground so that the vehicle is momentarily balanced on its rear wheel or wheels. Wheelies can be performed on bicycles or motorcycles, or even in cars. In mountain biking, the move helps racers navigate large obstacles. Due to the stunt's dangerous nature, drivers in a number of countries are prohibited from "popping" wheelies on public roads. What is the world record for the fastest motorcycle wheelie? More...
This Day in History

The Halifax Explosion (1917)

In 1917, a French munitions vessel carrying thousands of pounds of explosives collided with a Norwegian relief vessel in the port city of Halifax—capital of Nova Scotia, Canada, and a major wartime shipping point. The munitions ship caught fire and exploded a short time later with greater force than any man-made explosion before it, destroying the northern part of the city, killing some 1,800 people, and injuring about 9,000 more. What happened the next day that compounded the loss of life? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778)

Gay-Lussac was a French chemist and physicist who showed that all gases expand by the same fraction of their volume for a given temperature increase—which led to the devising of a new temperature scale whose thermodynamic significance was later established by Lord Kelvin. By taking measurements from a balloon above 20,000 feet (6,000 m), he concluded that Earth's magnetic intensity and atmospheric composition were constant to that altitude. Gay-Lussac also helped to discover what element? More...
Quotation of the Day
So the days pass, and I ask myself sometimes whether one is not hypnotized, as a child by a silver globe, by life, and whether this is living.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

St. Nicholas's Day (Greece) (2015)

As the patron saint of ships and seamen, St. Nicholas is very important to the Greeks, so many of whom have traditionally made their living at sea. Many Greek ships, from the smallest fishing boat to the largest commercial vessel, carry an icon of the saint on board. Seamen honor St. Nicholas on his feast day, which falls at a time of year when storms grow more frequent, by burning a light before his icon and saying prayers for the safety of their boat or ship. More...
In the News

Hundreds Dead in Philippines Following Typhoon

Filipinos are no strangers to typhoons—about 20 such storms hit the Philippines every year—but that does not make the death and destruction they bring any less devastating. On Tuesday, Typhoon Bopha made landfall on Mindanao, the hardest hit of the Philippine islands, bringing with it heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 93 mph (150 km/h). The storm triggered landslides and floods and washed away entire families. The death toll now stands at about 300, but that number will likely rise, as hundreds more are still missing. More...
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