Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

whittle

Definition:(verb) To cut small bits or pare shavings from (a piece of wood).
Synonyms:pare
Usage: For my eighth birthday, my grandfather taught me how to whittle a toy boat from a scrap of firewood.
Article of the Day

The Byford Dolphin

The Byford Dolphin is a drilling rig operating in the North Sea. It is known for having suffered several serious accidents, most notably an explosive decompression that killed five workers in Norwegian waters in 1983. The incident eventually led to a lawsuit against the Norwegian government, which compensated the families of the divers 26 years after the tragedy, after a report blaming the accident on faulty equipment surfaced. What other accidents have occurred aboard the rig? More...
This Day in History

Sam Houston Elected First President of Texas (1836)

A teenage runaway who spent three years living with Cherokee Indians, Houston went on to serve in the War of 1812 and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1823. Attracted to the struggle for Texan independence, he led the army of the provisional government of Texas to victory against the Mexicans in 1836 and served as the newly independent Republic of Texas's first president. He helped Texas win statehood in 1845 and became governor in 1859, but he was deposed in 1861 for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

John Cage (1912)

Cage was an American avant-garde composer and writer. In the 1930s, he began writing all-percussion pieces and proclaimed the use of noise as the next musical horizon. In 1938, he introduced the "prepared piano," an instrument whose sound is radically modified by various objects placed on the strings. He developed the idea of indeterminacy, music that is not strictly controlled. The notorious 4'33", probably his most famous piece, consists of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

make capital out of (something)

To use something to one's advantage or profit. More...
Today's Holiday

Bread and Roses Festival (2016)

The Bread and Roses Festival is a one-day, free event held in Lawrence, Massachusetts, each year on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. The Festival commemorates the Bread and Roses Labor Strike that occurred in Lawrence in 1912 in protest of low wages and harsh working conditions. The Festival combines multicultural arts, poetry, dance, and music with themes of labor activism and social protest. In addition, information booths, ethnic food, and commemorative merchandise vendors are on site, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, and a domino tournament. More...
In the News

Smelly Socks Key to Malaria Eradication?

Tanzanian researchers are taking an unusual approach to curbing the spread of malaria—luring mosquitoes to their deaths with the aroma of stinky feet. Mosquitoes, which transmit malaria to humans, are attracted to us by the way we smell. These researchers developed a synthetic odor, described as smelling like dirty socks, that is four times more powerful than natural human odor at attracting mosquitoes. Using this synthetic odor, they lure mosquitoes to special boxes that either trap or poison them. More...
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