Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

machination

Definition:(noun) A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
Synonyms:intrigue
Usage: During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions.
Article of the Day

The House of Esterházy

The House of Esterházy was a Hungarian noble family that rose to prominence in the Middle Ages and had, by the 18th century, acquired the most land of any family in the Habsburg Empire and accumulated more wealth than the emperor himself. Esterházys held important governmental, ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and military posts in Hungary well into the 20th century. One of the most generous art patrons of all time, Nikolaus Joseph Esterházy built Esterházy palace and supported what famous composer? More...
This Day in History

The Cripple Creek Miners' Strike (1894)

In 1891, gold was discovered on a cattle ranch in Cripple Creek, Colorado, creating one of the richest camps of a major gold-producing area. Two years later, the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) was established by the merger of several local miners' unions in the Rocky Mountain states. In 1894, the WFM led a five-month strike in Cripple Creek, resulting in a victory for the miners. The strike began when mine owners attempted to lengthen the work day—with no increase in pay—to how many hours? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Dickens (1812)

When Dickens was a boy, his father was placed in debtors' prison. As a result, he was withdrawn from school and forced to work in a factory—an experience that deeply influenced his future writings. Now regarded as one of the world's most popular, prolific, and skilled novelists, Dickens began his literary career as a reporter, developing an encyclopedic knowledge of London and the ability to vividly describe people and everyday life. Under what pen name did Dickens initially publish his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Finnish Sliding Festival

Patterned after the traditional event in Finland that celebrates Shrove Tuesday before the beginning of Lent, the Finnish Sliding Festival, or Laskiainen, has been held in White, Minnesota, every winter for more than 50 years. It features two large ice slides, which are constructed at the edge of Loon Lake. People bring their sleds or toboggans for an exciting ride down the slide onto the frozen lake. Other activities at the weekend event include log-sawing contests, Finnish music and dance performances, and traditional Finnish foods, such as oven pancakes and pea soup. More...
In the News

Eruptions Caused Little Ice Age

Scientists say that a series of volcanic eruptions in the tropics in the late 13th century brought about the Little Ice Age, a period of several hundred years during which mountain glaciers expanded and global temperatures dropped. Carbon dating of plants trapped in icecaps in Canada and Iceland and analysis of sediment in an Icelandic glacier revealed that there were likely four large volcanic eruptions beginning in 1256 and that cooling began at around that same time. Though the particles released by volcanic eruptions generally only cool the planet for a few years, the resultant growth of ice sheets and glaciers around the Arctic Ocean extended the cold period for centuries. More...
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