Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

undersell

Definition:(verb) To sell goods for a lower price than (another seller).
Synonyms:undercut
Usage: The executive instituted a store-wide sale in an effort to undersell the popular new competitor.
Article of the Day

Sephirot

Kabbalah is an esoteric system of interpretation of Jewish scriptures based upon a tradition claimed to have been handed down orally from Abraham. One of its principle sources is the 1894 Sefer Yetzirah, or Book of Creation. It develops, in a series of monologues supposedly delivered by Abraham, the doctrine of the Sephirot. Kabbalists believe that Sephirot are powers emanating from God through which the world is created and its order sustained. There are 10 of them. What are they? More...
This Day in History

Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)

In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? More...
Quotation of the Day
The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Stiftungsfest

Appropriately enough, Minnesota's oldest continuous festival is held in the town of Norwood-Young America. Loosely translated as "founders' day," Stiftungsfest was created in 1861 by the Young America Pioneer Maennerchor (men's choir) as a way of bringing the music of old Germany to the new world. Well-known bands and singing groups from Germany as well as local groups perform during the three-day event, which includes a traditional German beer garden, a Heritage Tent showcasing German arts and crafts, and a Grand Parade. More...
In the News

High-Tech Face Paint Could Offer Bomb Blast Protection

A team of US scientists has developed a new formulation for camouflage face paint that could protect soldiers and firefighters from intense heat. Thermal blasts from roadside bombs and other explosives last only a couple of seconds, but in that time they can produce temperatures exceeding 1,000°F (538°C)—hot enough to cook skin. Traditional military camouflage makeup utilizes flammable oils and waxes that can exacerbate burns. The new silicone-based face paint reflects rather than absorbs heat and has been shown to resist extreme heat for up to 15 seconds. A colorless version is being developed for firefighters. More...
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