Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

inequity

Definition:(noun) Injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards.
Synonyms:unfairness
Usage: Even though I am older, my brother gets more allowance money than I do, and this inequity strains my relationship with my parents.
Article of the Day

Pyrite: "Fool's Gold"

Widely known in the English-speaking world as "fool's gold" because it has often been mistaken for the precious metal but is vastly less valuable, pyrite is a gold-colored mineral made of iron and sulfur. Despite its nickname and reputation, it does sometimes contain small amounts of real gold. Pyrite is useful in electronics because of its semiconducting properties, but its chief use is as a source of sulfur in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. What are the hazards of mining pyrite? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Qing Ming Festival

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld. More...
In the News

World War II Still Claiming Lives

At least seven people were killed and 19 others injured when a World War II-era bomb detonated in a scrap metal warehouse in Bangkok, Thailand. The 500-lb (227-kg) bomb had been found by construction workers, who assumed it was inactive and sold it for scrap. When warehouse workers attempted to disassemble the bomb using a blowtorch, it exploded with devastating effect. This incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers posed by unexploded munitions and the need to call in experts any time such a device is found. More...
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