Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

habiliment

Definition:(noun) A covering designed to be worn on a person's body.
Synonyms:clothing, wearable, vesture, wear
Usage: The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.
Article of the Day

Wimshurst Machine

Used chiefly as a demonstration apparatus, the Wimshurst machine is an electrostatic device capable of generating high voltages. The device has two large glass or mica discs that rotate in opposite directions, and each disc is in contact with a thin metal wiper that produces a charge on the disc by induction. The machine was named for its inventor, British engineer James Wimshurst, who developed it in the early 1880s. What defect in earlier electrostatic generators did Wimshurst eliminate? More...
This Day in History

The Night Attack (1462)

The Night Attack was a battle fought between the forces of Wallachian Prince Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, and the forces of Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. After Vlad raided Bulgaria and killed more than 20,000 Turks and Bulgarians, Mehmed marched on Wallachia, and the two powers fought a series of skirmishes. In the Night Attack, Vlad attacked the Turkish camp in an attempt to assassinate Mehmed. The attempt failed, but Mehmed retreated anyway. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hersey (1914)

Born in China to missionary parents, Hersey worked as a journalist in East Asia, Italy, and the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1946, including as a war correspondent during WWII. In 1944, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Bell for Adano, which depicts the Allied occupation of a Sicilian town. He later combined fact and fiction in his most famous work, Hiroshima, about the experiences of atomic-blast survivors. How did Hersey inspire Dr. Seuss to write The Cat in the Hat? More...
Quotation of the Day
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

aha moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

South Korea Constitution Day

Constitution Day, July 17, is observed as a national holiday in South Korea on the anniversary of the date that the country's constitution was declared in 1948. Apart from the display of flags in public places, citizens and officials do little to formally celebrate the occasion, although events such as marathons are often held on the day. Constitution Day is no longer a free day for workers, but it is still observed as a day of commemoration. More...
In the News

US Lawmakers Push for Stolen Cell Phone "Kill Switch"

Cell phone theft is a costly and dangerous problem, and it is on the rise. It has become so prevalent, in fact, that it has even been given a catchy nickname: Apple-picking. Some US lawmakers believe that a "kill switch" that would render a mobile device inoperable if it were stolen would deter robbers and are therefore ramping up pressure on mobile phone makers to incorporate such a feature in their devices. The cell phone industry has faced criticism in the past for its apparent unwillingness to institute changes that would help combat theft. More...
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