Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

tinder

Definition:(noun) Readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, used to kindle fires.
Synonyms:kindling, spunk, touchwood, punk
Usage: One of the fishermen struck light from a stone, set fire to some tinder, and by the aid of a match lit a lantern.
Article of the Day

Simple Machines

Practically every machine in existence incorporates one or more simple machines, elementary mechanical devices that change the magnitude or the direction of a force. These include the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw. The idea of the "simple machine" originated with the Greek philosopher Archimedes around the 3rd century BCE, but it was not until 1600 that scientists showed that simple machines only transform energy and do not create it. Who figured this out? More...
This Day in History

The Munich Air Disaster (1958)

In 1958, a British European Airways airliner carrying the Manchester United soccer team along with a number of staff members, supporters, and journalists crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Germany's Munich-Riem airport. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board died in the disaster. There was speculation that the club would have to fold, but the threadbare team completed the season, and a rebuilt Manchester United won the European cup in what year? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunker. What happened the next day? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. More...
Today's Holiday

Homstrom (2016)

Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities in February. More...
In the News

Virus Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

The number of cases of type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood, has been increasing worldwide. There are hereditary factors involved in developing the disease, but this does not explain the rise in cases. Researchers investigating possible environmental factors related to the development of diabetes say that children being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are 10 times more likely than healthy children to be infected with enteroviruses. Further investigation is needed to determine which, if any, of these viruses might be a factor in the development of diabetes. More...
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