Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

interlink

Definition:(verb) To link together or join (one) with another.
Synonyms:complect, interconnect
Usage: The policies, though distinct, are interlinked.
Article of the Day

Ziusudra

According to some ancient sources, Ziusudra was the last king of Sumer prior to the deluge described in the Sumerian flood myth. The earliest version of this myth, recorded in cuneiform on a tablet in the 17th century BCE, recounts how the hero, Ziusudra, survives the flood and is rewarded with immortality. His story is quite similar to biblical accounts of Noah and to the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, which features a hero named Utnapishtim. What is the meaning of the name "Ziusudra"? More...
This Day in History

Apple Inc. Is Formed (1976)

Apple Computer, Inc., was the first successful personal computer company. The company has its roots in the Jobs family's garage, where cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple computer. Consisting of a handmade motherboard, the Apple I did not even include a monitor or keyboard. The Apple II, introduced the next year with a plastic case and color graphics, launched Apple to success. By 1980, Apple had earned more than $100 million. How much did an Apple I cost in 1976? More...
Today's Birthday

Lon Chaney (1883)

Chaney was an American silent-film actor. Born to parents who were both deaf and mute, he learned to express himself through pantomime at an early age. He moved to Hollywood in 1912 and became one of the biggest stars of the time, appearing in more than 150 silent films. Known as "the man of a thousand faces," he masterfully used makeup to play tortured, grotesque characters in horror films such as The Phantom of the Opera. How did fake snow made of corn flakes contribute to his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

I see what you did there

An expression used to acknowledge that one understands a joke made by someone else, and to either show appreciation or a lack thereof for the wit employed. More...
Today's Holiday

April Fools' Day (2017)

There are many names for this day, just as there are many practical jokes to play on the unsuspecting. The simplest pranks usually involve children who, for example, tell each other that their shoelaces are undone and then cry "April Fool!" when the victims glance at their feet. Sometimes the media broadcast fictitious news items; British television, for example, once showed Italian farmers "harvesting" spaghetti from trees. The French call it Fooling the April Fish Day (the fool being the poisson d'avril) and try to pin a paper fish on someone's back without getting caught. More...
In the News

Electric, Not Magic, Wand to Fight Fires

Currently, firefighters use water, foam, powder, and other substances to douse flames, but they may one day be able to harness the power of electricity to extinguish blazes. In demonstrations, researchers were able to snuff out thin jets of fire up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall with an electric wand that generates an electric field with the strength of a million volts per meter. By modifying the shape of the electrode and altering the current, frequency, and voltage involved, they hope to develop devices that can suppress fires that are farther away and wider in scope. More...
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