Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

paunchy

Definition:(adjective) Having a large belly.
Synonyms:abdominous, potbellied
Usage: He was … a plump, paunchy, sturdy-looking fellow.
Article of the Day

The Kelvin Water Dropper

The Kelvin water dropper is an electrostatic generator that was invented in the 1860s by William Thomson—better known as Lord Kelvin. The device uses drops of water falling into separate buckets to generate opposite electrical charges, which will eventually discharge via an arc between the buckets. If the buckets are insulated from each other, they can become so charged that they may even fling the water droplets away before they land. How can one build such a device at home? More...
This Day in History

Conquistador Francisco Pizarro Killed (1541)

After multiple expeditions in the New World, Pizarro set sail for Peru in 1531 with 180 men. His men soon slaughtered the unarmed emissaries of the Inca emperor, Atahuallpa, and took him hostage. After accepting a rich ransom for Atahuallpa's release, Pizarro had him garroted and spent the rest of his life consolidating Spain's hold on the Inca empire in Peru. In 1535, he founded Lima, where he was killed by fellow Spaniards he had betrayed. What became of Pizarro's remains? More...
Today's Birthday

Violette Szabo (1921)

Szabo was a British secret agent during WWII. After her husband died in the war, Szabo, who was fluent in French, offered her services to the British Special Operations Executive. After intensive training, she parachuted into German-occupied France to reorganize a French resistance network. On her second mission, she was captured by the Nazis. She endured interrogation and torture before being transferred to a concentration camp, where she was later executed. How old was Szabo when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clock, n.: A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the girls

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively female friends. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martha's Day (Fête de la Tarasque)

Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, is best known for her role in Jesus' visit to their house in Bethany. Martha's second legendary claim to fame is that she killed a dragon who was ravaging the Provençal countryside, in what is now known as Tarasçon in Provence, France. Every year on the last weekend in June, a procession takes place there that commemorates St. Martha's power. In the first procession, eight men walk next to the dragon's spiked body, which snaps at the crowd of spectators. In the second procession, the dragon trots along behind a young girl representing St. Martha. More...
In the News

Galápagos Tortoise Lonesome George Has Died

Lonesome George, the last remaining giant tortoise of his subspecies, Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, died on Sunday. He is believed to have been at least 100 years old. George was first sighted on the Galápagos island of Pinta in the early 1970s. Until that time, his subspecies had been considered extinct. Thereafter, George became a symbol of the Galápagos Islands and of the plight of endangered species. The giant tortoises of the Galápagos helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution but overhunting and habitat destruction have since brought them to the brink of extinction. More...
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