Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

blackguard

Definition:(noun) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
Synonyms:bounder, cad, hound, heel, dog
Usage: There, you low blackguard, that will teach you to be impertinent to a lady.
Article of the Day

Qanats

Known by many names throughout the Middle East and North Africa, qanats are water management systems used to provide water to human settlements and for irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts that tap into subterranean water and are connected by a gently sloping tunnel. Since the destination is lower than the source, the water drains into it by gravity. How were qanats used in ancient times to store ice in the desert? More...
This Day in History

Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Spacecraft Returns to Earth Safely (1970)

Less than a year after the first lunar landing, Apollo 13 departed for the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system, and the landing had to be aborted. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and the need to improvise a carbon dioxide removal system, the craft returned safely to Earth. The immortal line from the mission—"Houston, we have a problem"—is a misquote. What was actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

John Pierpont Morgan (1837)

The son of a financier, Morgan began his career as an accountant before being named a partner in the firm that became J.P. Morgan and Company. One of the world's most powerful railroad magnates, he formed a syndicate to supply the US Treasury's depleted gold reserves and financed the mergers that formed General Electric and US Steel Corporation—the world's first billion-dollar corporation. In addition to being a noted art collector, Morgan had one of America's most important collections of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

dead last

In last place, especially by a wide margin, as for a race or other competition. More...
Today's Holiday

Verrazano Day (2016)

Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition. More...
In the News

Home Safety Products Prevent Injuries in Children

Stair gates, cabinet locks, smoke detectors, and other home safety products significantly reduce injury rates in young children. Researchers inspected the homes of hundreds of expectant mothers for potential hazards, discussed safety products with them, and installed all products the families agreed to when their babies were about 6 months old. Over the next two years, the children living in houses where those products had been installed were much less likely to need medical care due to a preventable injury in the home. More...
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