Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

pulsation

Definition:(noun) The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.
Synonyms:heartbeat
Usage: An icy hand seemed to grasp my heart and check its pulsation, as I bent over him, gazing with breathless intensity upon the ghastly, upturned face.
Article of the Day

Bhangra

Bhangra is a form of Punjabi dance and music. The dance is traditionally performed in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent during harvest festivals and weddings and is characterized by the beating of a dhol, a large, two-headed drum. Though the dance began as a folk dance, bhangra music developed in the UK in the 1980s and combines traditional bhangra drumming with modern Western instruments and rhythms. What well known hip hop artists have incorporated bhangra elements into their songs? More...
This Day in History

Royal Greenwich Observatory Begins Broadcasting Hourly Time Signals (1924)

The Greenwich Time Signal, popularly known as "the pips," is a series of six short tones broadcast by many BBC radio stations at the end of each hour to mark the precise start of the following hour. Devised by Astronomer Royal Frank Dyson in 1924, the signal consists of six pips that occur on the five seconds leading up to the hour, with the beginning of the sixth pip marking the actual moment when the hour changes. After nearly 90 years of marking time, why might the pips soon be silenced? More...
Today's Birthday

Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840)

Mechanically gifted, Maxim learned several trades as a young man. He obtained his first patent, for a hair-curling iron, in 1866. By 1884, working in London, he had produced a devastatingly effective automatic machine gun capable of firing 660 rounds per minute. Every major power adopted the Maxim gun. The company he established to manufacture his invention, with several mergers, eventually became the British defense firm, Vickers Ltd. What were some of Maxim's "flying machines"? More...
Quotation of the Day
The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

23 skidoo

To clear out or get away in haste before getting into or causing trouble, referring either to oneself or to another. "23" may refer to the Flatirons Building in New York City (located on 23rd Street), around which great winds tend to blow. It may also derive from an older use meaning to tell someone to clear out of one's way. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

San Marino Liberation Day

In 1739, Cardinal Giulio Alberoni invaded the Republic of San Marino and occupied the country. The people of San Marino protested the occupation and appealed to the Vatican; the Pope recognized the rights of San Marino and, on February 5, 1740, he restored the country's independence. Today, San Marino celebrates Liberation Day on February 5 to mark the anniversary of their independence. As part of the celebration, there is a public procession from the city of Borgo Maggiore to the capital city of San Marino proper. In addition, various civic celebrations take place throughout the day. More...
In the News

Children of Working Moms Gain More Weight

Researchers say there is an association between the length of a mother's employment and her child's body mass index (BMI). They found that the more years a woman spent at work after her child's birth, the more that child's BMI rose. It is possible that children of working mothers eat more fast food and restaurant meals, since their mothers are more pressed for time, and that this may be contributing to the obesity problem. The researchers are quick to point out that the finding does not indicate that being a working mother causes obesity in children and that mothers leaving the workforce will not eliminate the problem of childhood obesity. More...
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