Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

toreador

Definition:(noun) Someone who fights bulls.
Synonyms:bullfighter
Usage: The toreador stepped out of the path of the charging bull at the last possible moment, drawing cheers from the spectators.
Article of the Day

The Tabernacle

According to the Torah, the Tabernacle was the portable sanctuary of the Hebrews, constructed to specifications revealed to Moses by God and used during the Hebrews' desert wanderings after the exodus from Egypt. In 957 BCE, during the reign of King Solomon, it was replaced by the Temple of Jerusalem as a sign that God had given his people rest from their wandering. Elaborately described in the Bible, it was divided into an outer room and an inner room, the Holy of Holies, which housed what? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

Known as "the Edison Effect," thermionic emission is the emission of electrons or ions by substances that are highly heated. The charged particles that are emitted are called thermions, and their number rapidly increases with the temperature of the substance. If the heated substance that emits thermions carries a charge, the thermions will carry the same charge. The effect was observed by Edison in 1883 when he was working on what invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook's voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

crushing blow

A major defeat or setback that is devastating to the goals of a person, group, or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Washington's Birthday Celebration (2016)

Every year, Alexandria, Virginia, hosts an array of activities devoted to George Washington, including the nation's largest parade honoring the father of the country. The first parade to honor him was in 1798, when he came from his Mt. Vernon home to review the troops in front of Gadsby's Tavern. The present-day festivities get off to an elegant start over the weekend with a banquet followed by the George Washington Birthnight Ball in Gadsby's Tavern, a duplication of the birthday-eve parties held in Washington's lifetime. On Monday is the big parade. More...
In the News

No Good Comes of Spanking

In 20 years of studies on corporal punishment, not a single one found that it had any long-term positive outcomes on children. Instead, the data showed that physical punishment makes kids more aggressive and antisocial and can cause long-term developmental damage. Many of the studies also linked physical punishment to substance abuse and mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Thirty-two countries have already passed laws banning corporal punishment of children, and the study authors hope that their findings will prompt others to follow suit. More...
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