Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

underscore

Definition:(verb) Give extra weight to (a communication).
Synonyms:emphasize
Usage: When I gave my son permission to attend the party, I made sure to underscore my willingness to ground him for life should he let a mere drop of alcohol touch his lips.
Article of the Day

Pyrophoricity

"Pyrophoric" comes from the Greek word for "fire-bearing"—purophoros—and describes substances, such as uranium or iron sulfide, that are highly reactive and ignite spontaneously when exposed to air or even, strange as it sounds, to water. Though it may seem like they should be handled only in controlled environments, pyrophoric alloys are used to produce the spark in a very common household item: the automatic lighter. What special equipment is needed to put out a pyrophoric fire? 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 As a result, he was withdrawn from school and forced to work in a factory—an experience that deeply influenced his future writings.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
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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 (2016)

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

Turn Down the Thermostat to Trim the Waistline

A number of factors have been blamed for the obesity crisis gripping much of the industrialized world, and now researchers are adding indoor heating to the list. They say that heated buildings eliminate the need for the body to expend energy in order to keep warm, thereby reducing daily caloric burn. Other experts disagree, saying that cooler temperatures increase appetite, counteracting any caloric burn with an increased caloric intake. There is also some indication that cold indoor temperatures increase the risk of a stroke. More...
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