Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

exhale

Definition:(verb) Expel air.
Synonyms:breathe out, expire
Usage: Exhale when you lift the weight.
Article of the Day

The Wheel

Perhaps the most important invention in history, the wheel was—and remains—essential to the development of human civilization. The first wheels appeared in the 4th millennium BCE and were solid wooden disks. Spoked wheels were developed about 1,000 years later in Asia Minor and were used in the chariots of Caucasian horse cultures, which then penetrated into the Greek peninsula and laid the foundation for classical Greece. The spoked wheel remained in use without major modifications until when? More...
This Day in History

ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, Unveiled (1946)

ENIAC was an early electronic digital computer built in the US by engineers J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly. The massive ENIAC weighed 30 tons, filled an entire room, and used some 18,000 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors, and 10,000 capacitors. After its official unveiling in 1946, it was used to prepare artillery-shell trajectory tables and perform other military and scientific calculations. When ENIAC solved its first test problem, it made calculations for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Benny (1894)

Benny made his vaudeville debut playing the violin in 1912. After discovering a talent for comedy while in the navy, he returned to vaudeville as a comedian. He made his film debut in 1927 and appeared in 18 films between 1930 and 1945. His weekly radio show—1932 to 1955—and TV show—1950 to 1965—won loyal audiences, and he became famous for a unique comic style characterized by subtle verbal inflection, meaningful pauses, and the stage image of a vain, stingy man. What was Benny's real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness—or so good as drink.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

cushy job

A job that is easy, stress free, and/or very well paid. More...
Today's Holiday

Valentine's Day

How St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery, but one theory is that the Church used the day in an attempt to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival that entailed putting girls' names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. The Church substituted saints' names for girls' names, but, by the 16th century, it was once again girls' names that ended up in the box. Eventually, the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those one admired became the accepted way of celebrating St. Valentine's Day. More...
In the News

Psychologists Question Benefits of Online Dating

Dating websites have connected millions of people over the years, but some psychologists worry that they may actually lower users' chances of developing successful relationships. They say that online dating websites rely too heavily on "profiles," which may not actually be as useful in finding a suitable partner as the sites would have users believe. Furthermore, the "shopping" process of searching through candidate profiles could encourage the objectification of potential partners and cause users to become overly picky and judgmental. Ultimately, they say, a face-to-face meeting remains the best way to make a romantic connection. More...
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