Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

heartburn

Definition:(noun) A burning sensation, usually centered in the middle of the chest near the sternum, caused by the reflux of acidic stomach fluids that enter the lower end of the esophagus.
Synonyms:pyrosis
Usage: Why, a single glass of beer would give me heartburn and spoil my next good meal.
Article of the Day

The South Sea Bubble

The South Sea Bubble was one of the earliest modern financial crises. It involved the South Sea Company, which was established in 1711 by the lord treasurer of England and was expected to be extremely profitable. Touting exclusive trading rights with Spanish South America, it sparked wild speculation that rocketed its share price to £1,000 in August 1720. The following month, it collapsed. Thousands were ruined—including many members of the government. What was the company's true purpose? More...
This Day in History

Carbon-14 Discovered (1940)

Carbon-14 is a radioactive isotope of carbon having a mass number of 14 and a half-life of approximately 5,700 years. It occurs naturally, arising from cosmic rays, and is used as a tracer in studies of metabolism and in radiocarbon dating—a method of determining the age of carbonaceous, once-living material. Carbon-14 was discovered by Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben at the University of California Radiation Laboratory, but its existence had been predicted six years earlier by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

John Steinbeck (1902)

Steinbeck was an American writer perhaps best remembered for his strong, Pulitzer Prize-winning sociological novel The Grapes of Wrath, which is widely considered one of the great American novels of the 20th century. His later novels include Cannery Row, The Pearl, and East of Eden. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. One of Steinbeck's last works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue about a road trip across America. Who was Charley? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

alarm bell

A sudden warning or intimation of danger, risk, or ill fortune. (Often pluralized.) More...
Today's Holiday

Dominican Republic Independence Day (2016)

In the 1830s, Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876) organized a secret society known as La Trinitaria to fight the Haitians. After a long struggle, independence was finally declared on February 27, 1844. February 27 is still observed as the country's Independence Day and is celebrated with parades and political meetings. Dominicans usually celebrate Carnival along with Independence Day—thousands gather in the capital, Santo Domingo, for the traditional day-long parade and street party. More...
In the News

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion: Hottest Pepper on the Planet

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion may sound like a deadly arachnid, but it has a sting of a different sort. This super-hot chili averages 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, earning recognition as the hottest pepper on the planet. By comparison, habanero peppers fall in the 100,000 to 350,000 range on the Scoville scale. Most people would never consider eating an entire one of these mouth-searing peppers, but a select few are willing to endure the pain for the endorphin rush brought on by its heat. Are you bold enough to try one? More...
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