Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

noncompliance

Definition:(noun) The failure to obey.
Synonyms:disobedience
Usage: After seemingly ignoring her boss's requests for months, Sue was finally fired for noncompliance.
Article of the Day

Potato Cannons

Also known as spud guns, potato cannons are inexpensive and often homemade devices that use air pressure or combustion to launch potatoes—or other projectiles—at high speed. Typically built and used by hobbyists, potato cannons are usually made of plastic piping, which is readily available at hardware stores. They are inherently dangerous but are generally not illegal. Similar devices include hail cannons, bird-scarers, and chicken cannons, which are used for what specific, practical purposes? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph (1878)

Though his formal schooling was limited to just three months of instruction before he was ten years old, Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. His work in improving telegraph technology—particularly his discovery of a method for recording telegraph messages—led Edison to suspect he could do similar things with sound. Within months, the first working model of his phonograph was ready. Why, according to Edison, was he "taken aback" when his invention worked on the first try? More...
Today's Birthday

Amy Tan (1952)

Born in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrants, Tan is an award-winning author whose novels focus on the lives of Asian-Americans and the complexities of intergenerational relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. Her best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club was based on the tragic experiences of her mother, who had years earlier fled an abusive marriage, though it meant leaving her three daughters behind in Shanghai. When did Tan finally meet her half-sisters? More...
Quotation of the Day
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

with a heavy hand

In an excessive, authoritarian, or oppressive way or manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2017)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 a.m., the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

Wrestling to Be Dropped from Olympics in 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dealt a stunning blow to the wrestling community last week when it recommended that the sport be dropped from the Games starting in 2020. Wrestling was one of the founding sports of the ancient Olympic Games, and it featured in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Still, its longstanding Olympic legacy was not enough to keep it from getting the ax. The IOC hopes the move, which gives it the flexibility to add a new sport to the program, will help it maintain the appeal of the Games in a changing world. More...
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