Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

anemometer

Definition:(noun) An instrument for measuring wind force and velocity.
Synonyms:wind gauge
Usage: The storm chasers loaded their van with high-tech gear, including a number of powerful anemometers.
Article of the Day

Smokejumpers

Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat forest fires. While smokejumpers save many lives, the inherent risks associated with parachuting into a fire lead many to question the value of the profession. Proponents argue that parachute deployment helps firefighters reach remote areas quickly and with more equipment than other means allow, thus enabling them to begin containing fires at their early stages. Which country employs the largest number of smokejumpers? More...
This Day in History

US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed. How was habeas corpus treated in the Confederacy at this time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family's finances? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. More...
Today's Holiday

Buccaneer Days (2017)

During Buccanner Days, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, by proclamation of the mayor, is under pirate rule. What began in 1938 to honor the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda in 1519 has become a month-long carnival, calling to mind the days when the settlement was a hideaway for pirates. Pirates sail into town, capture the mayor, and demand revelry throughout the city. Events include a professional rodeo, sailboat regattas, parades, sporting events, concerts, a coronation and ball, and fireworks on the bayfront. More...
In the News

Bed Bugs Might Dislike Certain Colors

Take a deep breath, scratch any errant itches, and feast your eyes upon the latest bed bug research: According to a study published Monday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the infuriating insects might prefer red and black to other colors. Don't ... More...
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