Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

louver

Definition:(noun) One of a set of parallel slats in a door or window to admit air and reject rain.
Synonyms:fin
Usage: Rain will continue slipping through that broken louver until we fix it.
Article of the Day

The Taiga

Comprising about a third of the world's forest land, the taiga is a vast belt of coniferous forest stretching across northern Eurasia and North America. Bounded by the treeless tundra to the north, it has a short annual growing season and long, harsh winters. Soil in the taiga is poor, and swampy areas form in the spring. Only hardy cereals and roots, such as potatoes and barley, can be cultivated there. Still, it is a major source of lumber. What adaptations help plants and animals live there? 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
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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 (2016)

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

First US Agent Orange Cleanup Underway in Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, US forces sprayed millions of gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange onto Vietnam's forests and crops in an effort to destroy cover for enemy movements as well as food sources. In the decades since, exposure to the herbicide has been blamed for an abnormally high incidence of miscarriages, skin diseases, cancers, birth defects, and deformities among Vietnamese. For the first time since the war ended in 1975, the US is working directly to clean up the contamination, embarking on a four-year project to decontaminate 73,000 cubic meters of soil at Danang International Airport. More...
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