Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

hoagie

Definition:(noun) A large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States.
Synonyms:Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, Cuban sandwich, grinder, zep, torpedo, wedge, submarine, bomber, hero
Usage: When I'm really hungry, I make myself a hoagie with all the trimmings.
Article of the Day

Boffins

In British slang, a boffin is a scientist, especially one engaged in research, who possesses extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests. The word "boffin" was originally used as military slang for a technician or research scientist, but since WWII, the affectionate nickname has taken on a negative connotation. However, its etymology is otherwise obscure. What is its closest American slang equivalent? More...
This Day in History

CN Tower Becomes World's Tallest Free-Standing Structure (1975)

In 1975, the final portion of the antenna atop Canada's CN Tower was set in place, completing the tower and officially making it the tallest free-standing structure on land. At 1,815 ft (553 m) in height, the CN Tower surpassed the previous record holder, Russia's Ostankino Tower, by 43 ft (13 m) but was itself surpassed in 2007 by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. According to a study, the CN Tower is struck by lightning more than any other structure in Toronto. How did ice affect the tower in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Andersen (1805)

Andersen was a Danish writer best known for his many collections of fairy tales, in which he broke with literary tradition and employed the idioms and constructions of spoken language. His stories are imaginative combinations of universal elements from folk legend and include such favorites as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." While some reveal an optimistic belief in the ultimate triumph of goodness and beauty, others are deeply pessimistic. What else did Andersen write? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Tater Days (2016)

Considered the oldest trade day in the US, Tater Day is now a celebration of the sweet potato in Benton, Kentucky. The event started in 1843 when sweet potatoes were a staple crop of the area. Today, the "tater" is honored with a parade, flea market, gospel music, arts and crafts exhibits, and a Miss Tater Day contest. Most of the food served is some kind of sweet potato concoction. More...
In the News

Artificial Leaf May Power Homes in Developing World

A chemist has developed an "artificial leaf" solar cell that mimics photosynthesis and has the potential to produce enough energy to power individual homes. His device uses widely available and relatively inexpensive materials like silicon, nickel, and cobalt and is able to split water into its atomic components—hydrogen and oxygen. These gases may be stored in a small fuel cell and used to generate electricity. Placed in a gallon of water in bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity each day to power a house in a developing country. More...
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