Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

swindle

Definition:(verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms:bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, victimize
Usage: He swindled investors out of millions of dollars.
Article of the Day

The Farnese Palace

One of the most magnificent palaces of Rome, the Palazzo Farnese, or Farnese Palace, was designed by Antonio da Sangallo for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III. Built of huge stone blocks plundered from ancient monuments, it was begun before 1514 and, after the architect's death, was continued by Michelangelo and completed by Giacomo della Porta. After the Farnese family died out, the king of Naples gained possession of the palace. What has it housed since 1874? More...
This Day in History

Pueblo Revolt Begins (1680)

The Pueblo Revolt was an uprising of Native American communities against Spanish colonization in New Mexico. Organized by a medicine man called Popé and other Pueblo leaders, the uprising led to the deaths of some 400 colonists and missionaries and forced the surviving Spaniards to retreat to El Paso, freeing the Pueblo of Spanish rule for the first time in 82 years. However, internal dissension and Apache raids soon weakened the unity of the Pueblo. What happened in 1692 after Popé's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Darrow (1889)

Darrow was a heating engineer who is generally credited with developing "Monopoly," a board game in which players compete to purchase real estate and bankrupt their opponents, though there is evidence that he merely adapted Elizabeth Magie's realty and taxation game "The Landlord's Game." "Monopoly" was initially rejected by Parker Brothers, but after Darrow met with success selling the game himself, the toy firm reconsidered and bought it in 1935. What were their initial objections? More...
Quotation of the Day
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

Elysian Fields

A place or time of perfect, happy contentment, likened to the paradisiacal afterlife of Greek mythology. More...
Today's Holiday

Ecuador Independence Day

Independence Day, or National Day, in Ecuador celebrates its independence movement of 1809. Freedom from Spanish rule was finally achieved on May 24, 1822. (That event is commemorated each year on May 24 with another holiday called Battle of Pichincha Day.) Patriotic festivities are held throughout the country, but particularly in the colorful capital city of Quito. More...
In the News

Fish Inspire Improvements in Wind Farm Design

Wind farms inspired by schools of fish could produce up to 10 times more power than current wind farms. Though the redesigned wind farms employ vertical, whisk-like turbines that are less efficient individually than propeller-style turbines, these vertical-axis wind turbines can be spaced closer together and utilize turbulent winds from many directions, increasing overall output. In addition, the vertical-axis turbines are only one-tenth the height of their propeller-style counterparts, making them less intrusive in the landscape and potentially minimizing their danger to bats and birds. More...
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