Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

slyboots

Definition:(noun) A shifty, deceptive person.
Synonyms:dodger, fox
Usage: I can never trust that slyboots at the office—she is polite to my face, but I always catch her belittling me to our coworkers!
Article of the Day

The Assembly Line

The assembly line is a method of manufacturing wherein various mass-produced, identical parts are assembled in a sequential manner to create an end product. The division of labor into simple, individual tasks allows relatively unskilled laborers to serially add pieces together to quickly create a final product that they usually do not get to see. Though 20th-century automaker Henry Ford is often credited with introducing the modern assembly line, crude precursors date all the way back to when? More...
This Day in History

Hubble Space Telescope Launched (1990)

The Hubble Space Telescope is the most sophisticated optical observatory ever placed into orbit around Earth, able to view star material some 10 to 12 billion light years away. Because it is above Earth's obscuring atmosphere, it can obtain images that are much brighter, clearer, and more detailed than ground-based telescope images. Although a defect in the primary mirror initially caused it to produce fuzzy images, a 1993 shuttle mission fixed this. What are some of Hubble's most famous images? More...
Today's Birthday

William Joyce (1906)

Born in the US and taken to the UK as a child, Joyce became involved with the fascist movement as a teen and fled to Germany before the outbreak of WWII. He remained there throughout the war, broadcasting Nazi propaganda in English from Berlin. He was captured by British soldiers in 1945 and, despite his American birth, was deemed subject to British jurisdiction because he held a British passport. He was convicted of treason and hanged. What urban legends about Joyce circulated during the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

God is in the detail(s)

Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results. More...
Today's Holiday

World's Biggest Fish Fry

A spring festival in Paris, Tennessee, the World's Biggest Fish Fry makes use of the catfish in nearby Kentucky Lake. The fish fry began in 1954, and by the next year more than 1,600 pounds of catfish were served. Now, some 13,000 pounds of catfish are cooked, and about 100,000 people show up to eat, fish, and look around. Events include a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a two-hour parade, and the coronation of a Queen of the Tennessee Valley and a Junior King and Queen. Besides fried fish to eat, there are hush puppies—small deep-fat fried corn meal balls. More...
In the News

Asteroid Strikes More Common than Thought

The odds of an asteroid striking a city on Earth are higher than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013, monitoring systems detected 26 asteroids exploding in Earth's atmosphere with the force of a nuclear weapon. While most of the detonations took place at altitudes too high to cause damage on the ground, the residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, know all too well the danger posed by these events. Just over a year ago, one such explosion caused injuries to more than 1,000 people there. Experts estimate that an asteroid capable of destroying a city strikes our planet about once every 100 years. More...
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