Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

glower

Definition:(noun) A sullen or angry stare.
Synonyms:glare
Usage: His frown deepened into a glower of resentment.
Article of the Day

The Van de Graaff Generator

Invented in 1929 by American physicist Robert Van de Graaff, the Van de Graaff generator is a device in which electrically charged particles are sprayed on a moving belt and carried to an insulated terminal in a hollow metal sphere, building up to create a lightning-like discharge. The first model was made using an ordinary silk ribbon from a five-and-dime store, but later models proved capable of generating millions of volts. Where is the world's largest Van de Graaff generator on display? More...
This Day in History

Tensions between US and USSR First Described as "Cold War" (1947)

Lasting from the end of WWII until 1991, the Cold War was a period of political hostility and military tension between the Western powers, primarily the US and its allies, and the Communist bloc. Although there were a number of military conflicts during this time, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War was waged mainly on political, economic, and propaganda fronts. Who first used the term "Cold War" to describe the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646)

Mansart was a French architect and town planner who completed the Palace of Versailles. Favored by Louis XIV, he was made the chief architect for royal buildings. After enlarging the château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, he began work at Versailles. Much of his work was executed in Roman baroque style, but some of his designs at Versailles point toward the lightness and elegance of the rococo. The impressive Dôme des Invalides in Paris is considered his greatest achievement. Who was his great-uncle? More...
Quotation of the Day
Just think what a dull world it would be if everyone was sensible.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

dead asleep

In a deep, immovable sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Thingyan (2016)

The three-day feast of the New Year in Burma (now Myanmar) is also known as the Water Festival because of the custom of throwing or squirting water on others. The festival has been a tradition for centuries. During the celebration, pots of clear water are offered to monks at monasteries to wash or sprinkle images of the Buddha. Everyone else gets drenched, as young men and women roam the streets dousing everybody with buckets of water or turning hoses on them. The water-splashing custom originated with the idea that, through this ritual, the bad luck and sins of the old year were washed away. More...
In the News

Bombings at Boston Marathon Finish Line

The oldest footrace in the US, the Boston Marathon is a highly anticipated annual event that draws runners from around the globe. Yesterday, however, the 117th running of the race was tragically interrupted at the finish line by a pair of explosions that killed at least two and injured over 100. Investigators suspect that a separate incident at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum may be linked to the attacks at the marathon. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, and investigations are ongoing. More...
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