Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

moonshine

Definition:(noun) Whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash.
Synonyms:bootleg, corn liquor
Usage: I drank too much moonshine last night, and now I have a terrible hangover.
Article of the Day

The Space Elevator

A space elevator is a hypothetical megastructure capable of transporting material from Earth—or another celestial body—into space without the use of rockets. The concept was first conceived by Russian inventor Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1895. Many of today's proposed designs incorporate tensile towers built out of advanced materials like carbon nanotubes, which are very strong and lightweight. By 1978, technology had advanced enough that working space elevators could have been constructed where? More...
This Day in History

Chicago Is Incorporated as a City (1837)

In 1803, the US Army built Fort Dearborn on a tract of land along the Chicago River that had been acquired from the Native Americans after the Northwest Indian War. Over time, the settlement that grew up around the fort was incorporated as a city. A major port and the commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural center of the Midwest, Chicago is now the third-largest city in the US. Its name is derived from the Native American word shikaakwa, meaning "onion field," a reference to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678)

Vivaldi was an Italian composer, considered the greatest master of Italian baroque. He became a priest in 1703 and spent most of his life after 1709 in Venice, teaching and playing the violin and writing music for the Pietà, a music conservatory for orphaned girls. Although he produced vocal music, including 46 operas, Vivaldi is best known for instrumental music, including The Four Seasons and nearly 500 concertos for violin and other instruments. Why was he nicknamed the "Red Priest"? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a bit of a stretch

A mild exaggeration beyond the truth or what is likely the case. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day of Prayer (2016)

The idea of designating a day for Christians to pray together was suggested in 1887 by the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Today, the observance has spread to other denominations, all of which hold the same service on the first Friday in March. The Church Women United movement organizes the observance and selects a theme upon which women around the world focus as they join together in prayer. The praying starts as soon as the sun crosses the International Date Line and travels westward around the globe. More...
In the News

Tired Adults Nodding Off at Work, Behind the Wheel

Sleeping less than the recommended seven to nine hours a night takes a toll on concentration, memory, and health, but about one-third of US adults surveyed in a recent study say they get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night. This is particularly troubling since sleepiness can lead to deadly car accidents. Drowsy drivers are linked to more than 1,500 deaths and 40,000 nonfatal injuries in the US each year, but in a recent study, five percent of adults admitted to nodding off at least once while behind the wheel. More...
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