Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

preponderate

Definition:(verb) To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate.
Synonyms:overbalance, outweigh
Usage: In balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate.
Article of the Day

The Tree That Owns Itself

At the corner of Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, you will find a tree that, according to most accounts, has legal ownership of itself and all land within 8 ft (2.4 m) of its base. Sometimes called the "Son of the Tree That Owns Itself," the tree currently standing on this spot was grown from an acorn of the original white oak, which fell in 1942. The earliest known record of the tree's tale comes from an 1890 newspaper article. How did it explain a tree having ownership of itself? 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
Everything looms pleasant through the softening haze of time. Even the sadness that is past seems sweet.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Record High Temperatures in 2012

Last year was one of the 10 hottest on record. In addition, arctic ice reached historic lows, sea levels rose to record highs, and extreme weather was observed all over the globe. Though in the decade leading up to 2012, global temperatures decreased by .09° F (.05° C), over the past five decades, they have consistently inched up by about .27° F (.15° C) per decade. According to the scientists who compiled the State of the Climate in 2012 report, the data indicate that the global climate is shifting, and this means that we can no longer rely on past climate information to be an indicator of what is to come. More...
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