Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 7, 2013)
Word of the Day

vertigo

Definition:(noun) A reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall.
Synonyms:dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness
Usage: He began to sway from side to side, as from vertigo, and before I could spring from my chair to support him his knees gave way.
Article of the Day

Phonofilm

Phonofilm was an early system of synchronizing sound with film. It was used in the 1920s as one of the first methods for playing sound with movies, but it never caught on, particularly in the face of competing formats such as Vitaphone and Movietone. The Phonofilm system recorded photographic sound waves directly onto film—parallel to the picture—then translated them back into sound when the film was played. Thanks to Phonofilm, who became the first US president to appear in a non-silent film? 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 As a result, he was withdrawn from school and forced to work in a factory—an experience that deeply influenced his future writings.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
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

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

UK House of Commons Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

The majority of British people support same-sex marriage, and this week, in keeping with public sentiment, members of Britain's House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize it. The final tally was 400 in favor and only 175 opposed, in spite of stiff opposition from Conservative lawmakers. The proposed bill, championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, faces several more hurdles before it becomes law, including yet another vote in the House of Commons as well as one in the House of Lords. More...
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