Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

hombre

Definition:(noun) An informal term for a youth or man.
Synonyms:guy, bozo, cat
Usage: I am the kind of hombre who enjoys a good steak for dinner.
Article of the Day

The Geysers

Located in the Mayacamas Mountains north of San Francisco, California, The Geysers is a complex of geothermal power plants that draw steam from more than 350 wells. Discovered in 1847, the area became the site of the first commercial geothermal electric plant in the US in 1960. Today, it boasts the largest complex of such plants in the world. The steam is produced by a magma chamber heating water underground, but the features that gave The Geysers its name are not really geysers. What are they? More...
This Day in History

National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)

In 1976, the Parti Québécois, a party of French-Canadian nationalists formed in 1970, won control of the provincial parliament. Among its first acts was the passage of La charte de la langue française—the Charter of the French Language. Also known as Bill 101, the controversial legislation made French the official language of Quebec and prohibited the use of English on signs and in most commercial transactions. What effect did the charter have on businesses in Quebec? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)

Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins' Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

gun it

To accelerate or increase speed suddenly or rapidly; to travel or move very quickly. Usually said while traveling in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Namibia Heroes Day

To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes' Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate. Representatives from all 13 regions give performances and cultural presentations, including traditional praise songs and dances. A re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag, as the real fighters did after each triumph in the war. In Namibia's capital city of Windhoek, the Heroes' Acre national monument was erected to honor the freedom fighters. More...
In the News

Nazca Lines Threatened by Squatters and Their Pigs

Discovered in the 1930s during aerial exploration of the arid tableland surrounding the Palpa valley, the Nazca Lines are enormous geometric and zoomorphic forms that were etched in the desert floor 200 miles (322 km) south of Lima, Peru, more than 1,500 years ago. The enigmatic geoglyphs were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Yet the magnificent designs are now being threatened by squatters, who have settled on the protected site and are even raising pigs there. Evicting squatters is a difficult and drawn-out process thanks to Peruvian land occupancy laws, and experts worry that the squatters will do irreparable harm to the site before they are removed. More...
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