Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

imperious

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.
Synonyms:prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering, haughty, lordly, overbearing, disdainful
Usage: She gave him a witheringly imperious look and sauntered off with her nose in the air.
Article of the Day

Taxi-Dance Hall

Throughout the 1920s and 30s, taxi-dance halls flourished in American cities, despite their reputation for fostering lewd behavior. At a typical hall, men would buy tickets—usually for 10 cents each—that they could present to the hall's young female employees in exchange for sharing a dance. The women, called taxi-dancers, earned a commission based on the number of tickets they collected. The taxi-dance hall was created in 1913 when San Francisco outlawed what other kind of dance hall? 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
Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Parking Lot Remains Belong to Richard III

Using DNA technology, researchers have confirmed that skeletal remains excavated from underneath a Leicester parking lot are those of Richard III, the last Yorkist king of England and the last English king to die in battle. Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and his corpse was then put on display by the victor—the future King Henry VII. What became of his remains thereafter was never precisely established until now. Experts say the slain king appears to have been unceremoniously dumped, wrists still bound, into a too-small grave on the grounds of a church that was subsequently demolished and eventually turned into a parking lot. More...
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