Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

sectionalism

Definition:(noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
Synonyms:provincialism, localism
Usage: He believes that Manhattan is the center of the universe, and his sectionalism is so acute that he is reluctant to visit friends in Brooklyn.
Article of the Day

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire and remains one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history, causing $73.5 million in damages. Numerous factors contributed to the fire, not the least of which was the lax enforcement of Boston's building regulations which, coupled with the practice of over-insuring buildings, left no real incentive to build fire-safe structures. How many years did it take to rebuild the burnt district? More...
This Day in History

The Big Burn (1910)

The Great Fire of 1910 was a wildfire that burned approximately three million acres (12,000 sq km) in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Spurred by hurricane-force winds, it destroyed parts of several national forests. Since known as the Big Burn, the firestorm burned over two days and killed more than 80 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in US history. How did the Great Fire of 1910 shape future US Forest Service policy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry, Berzelius was a Swedish professor who achieved an immensely important series of innovations and discoveries. He developed chemistry's modern system of symbols and formulas, prepared a remarkably precise table of atomic weights, analyzed numerous chemical compounds, and discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium. He also introduced basic laboratory equipment that remains in use today. What common scientific terms did Berzelius coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

the Greek calends

A time that is expected to never arrive or occur. (Used after a preposition, especially "at," "on," or "till.") A reference to the day of the new moon and the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar, which the Greeks did not observe. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Fe Indian Market (2016)

This showplace for traditional and contemporary American Indian art is held on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The market is the oldest and largest juried competition among Native American artists. Today, more than 800 artists enter the competition, largely from the 19 New Mexico pueblos and the Apache, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes of the Southwest. Besides the booths of art works, there are numerous food booths, offering such specialties as green chile on fried bread, and there are Native American dances performed at the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. More...
In the News

Strolling Dinosaur Duo: How Social were Carnivorous Beasts?

When dinosaurs walked the earth, some of them may have walked side-by-side. A new study of around 50 fossilized footprints left by a pair of carnivorous dinosaurs on a beach 142 million years ago suggests that some dinosaurs may have been more social ... More...
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