Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 8, 2013)
Word of the Day

inconstancy

Definition:(noun) Unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
Synonyms:fickleness, falseness
Usage: If he does not return, instead of accusing him of the inconstancy which you insinuate, I will tell you that he died loving me and me only.
Article of the Day

Solar Pond

A solar pond is a man-made pool of saltwater that not only absorbs heat from sunlight, but is able to store it for use in heating or power generation. In a freshwater pond, sun-warmed water rises to the top, loses its heat to the atmosphere, becomes denser, and sinks again. In a solar pond, however, a layer of highly salty water remains trapped at the bottom by its own density, even as it is warmed by sunlight—thereby storing heat. Typically, how hot is the bottom of a solar pond? More...
This Day in History

US President Ronald Reagan Dubs the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

Reagan's strong anti-communist position, evident from the time he began his presidential career, was highlighted in a 1983 speech in which he referred to the USSR as an "evil empire." The phrase became common in Cold War rhetoric and has since entered popular culture, taking on a nearly iconic status. It has been used in a variety of contexts to refer to entities as varied as Wal-Mart and the British Empire. Before what group was Reagan speaking the first time he used the phrase "evil empire"? More...
Today's Birthday

André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks. He also traveled to the Middle East, where he acquired what Babylonian artifact found near Baghdad? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, 'tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day (2016)

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
In the News

Missing Soviet War Veteran Found Living in Afghanistan

Bakhretdin Khakimov was just 20 years old when he went missing in Afghanistan months after the Soviet invasion in 1979, and for 33 years his whereabouts remained unknown. Recently, however, a Moscow-based veterans' group tracked him down in Afghanistan and learned what became of the young soldier. It turns out that Khakimov had suffered severe head trauma in the fighting and had been rescued and nursed back to health by a local Afghan healer. Khakimov chose to remain in Afghanistan thereafter, adopted the name Sheikh Abdullah, and took up the profession of his rescuer. More...
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