Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

blackjack

Definition:(noun) A leather-covered bludgeon with a short, flexible shaft or strap, used as a hand weapon.
Synonyms:cosh, sap
Usage: He was beaten so badly with the blackjack that he suffered several broken bones.
Article of the Day

Sea Ice

Sea ice covers several million square miles of Earth's surface. Because salt is expelled during the freezing process, this ice is fresher than the seawater from which it forms. Most sea ice is pack ice that drifts across the ocean surface, but some, known as fast ice, is attached to coasts, the seafloor, or grounded icebergs. Factors like the age of the sea ice, air temperatures, and solar insolation all affect its freezing and melting. Why does first-year ice melt more easily than older ice? More...
This Day in History

The Armory Show Opens in New York City (1913)

The Armory Show was an international exhibition of modern art held in 1913 at the 69th-regiment armory in New York City. Representing a range of avant-garde movements in Europe, the show was one of the most important art exhibitions ever held in the US. The Armory Show aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. What painting at the exhibition was singled out by hostile critics as emblematic of the so-called insanity and degeneracy of modern art? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas John Watson, Sr. (1874)

After rising from clerk to sales executive in the National Cash Register Co., Watson became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which made scales, time clocks, and tabulators that sorted information using punched cards—all forerunners of mainframe computers. Watson renamed the company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924 and became its chairman in 1949, widening IBM's line to include electronic computers. What one-word motto did Watson promote at IBM? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

a fine state of affairs

A situation that has gone wrong and is very problematic. The term is an instance of irony or sarcasm. More...
Today's Holiday

Quirinalia (2016)

Quirinus was an ancient Roman deity who closely resembled Mars, the god of war. His name is associated with that of the Quirinal, one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. Eventually, Quirinus was identified with Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome, and his festival on February 17 coincided with the date on which Romulus was believed to have been deified. This festival was also associated with the advent of spring warfare, when the shields and weapons of the army, which had been purified and retired for the winter, were brought out. More...
In the News

Early Balding Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

A recent study involving 388 men being treated for prostate cancer and 281 healthy men has found that men in their 60s with prostate cancer are twice as likely as their cancer-free peers to have begun losing their hair in their 20s. Men who began balding in their 30s and 40s, meanwhile, appear to be at no greater risk of developing the cancer. Researchers hope their findings will help identify men with a greater risk of developing prostate cancer later in life so that they may be selected for earlier screening or treated with cancer-prevention drugs. More...
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