Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

recrudesce

Definition:(verb) To break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence.
Synonyms:develop, break
Usage: These political movements recrudesce from time to time.
Article of the Day

The Sari

Worn chiefly in India and Pakistan, a sari is a woman's outer garment consisting of a length of lightweight cloth about 3 ft (1 m) wide and up to 30 ft (9 m) long. It is commonly worn with one end wrapped around the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head, but the way saris are draped as well as their fabrics, weaving styles, and motifs vary from region to region. What is the short-sleeved, midriff-baring blouse that is worn under the sari called? More...
This Day in History

Inventor Rudolf Diesel Disappears (1913)

A German thermal engineer, Diesel invented the internal-combustion engine that bears his name, producing a series of increasingly successful models that culminated in his demonstration in 1897 of a 25-horsepower, four-stroke, single vertical cylinder compression engine. It was an immediate success and earned him a fortune. In 1913, while traveling by steamer to London for a business meeting, Diesel disappeared, presumably having fallen, jumped, or been pushed overboard. Was his body ever found? More...
Today's Birthday

Enrico Fermi (1901)

Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi is known today as the "father of the atomic bomb." Fermi conducted early experiments with neutrons and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics. After receiving the award in Stockholm, Fermi and his family chose not return to Fascist Italy and instead settled in the US. There, he created the first self-sustaining chain reaction in 1942 and later worked on the atomic bomb. What so-called paradox named for Fermi involves extraterrestrial intelligent life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Election of the Lord Mayor of London (2015)

Since 1546, Michaelmas has been the day on which the Lord Mayor of London is elected each year. Two candidates are chosen from among the city aldermen who have already served a term of office as sheriff. The ceremony begins when the current Lord Mayor, two sheriffs, and 26 aldermen walk from the Mansion House to Guildhall. The candidates proceed to the Aldermen's Court, a body of 13 aldermen whose job it is to select the mayor. Once the voting is over, an ornate horse-drawn coach carries the new mayor to the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's official residence since 1753. More...
In the News

Smokers' Kids Miss More School

Researchers say kids who live with parents who smoke miss more school days than those who live in smoke-free environments. On average, children who lived with one or two smokers missed one to one and a half extra school days per year in 2005 and also had higher reported rates of ear infections and chest colds, two conditions that have been linked to secondhand smoke exposure. While the additional missed school time may seem trivial, it takes a financial toll on working parents who have to stay home with their sick children. In 2005, the extra school absences cost smoking parents up to $176 million in lost wages. More...
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