Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

windsock

Definition:(noun) A tapered, open-ended sleeve pivotally attached to a standard, that indicates the direction of the wind blowing through it.
Synonyms:drogue, air sock, wind cone
Usage: The air traffic controller noted that the airport's windsock was fully extended.
Article of the Day

George C. Parker: Landmark Broker

Parker was one of the most audacious con men in US history. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Parker sold and resold many of New York's landmarks to unwitting tourists. His most popular sales pitch was for the Brooklyn Bridge, a structure he sold on a regular basis. On a number of occasions, police were called to intervene as naïve "owners" attempted to erect tollbooths on the span. Imprisoned in 1928, Parker easily charmed the inmates and guards. What other landmarks did he sell? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Nations (Minnesota) (2016)

The Festival of Nations takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, a city of great ethnic diversity. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups participate in this event, which has been presented by the International Institute of Minnesota since 1932 and features costumes, folk craft demonstrations, and cultural exhibits. Folk dance and music performances run continuously and showcase performers from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Polynesia, Norway, Ecuador, Armenia, and many other countries. Sidewalk cafes serve authentic food from more than four dozen countries. More...
In the News

Expandable Habitats May Take Us to Mars

In sci-fi movies, space habitats are huge structures with labyrinth layouts. But Hollywood doesn't have to deal with the issues real aerospace engineers face when contemplating future space homes -- such as gravity and financial constraints. "Gravity ... More...
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