Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

parsimony

Definition:(noun) Extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.
Synonyms:penny-pinching, thrift
Usage: Due to the parsimony of the local council, only one bench was installed in the new park.
Article of the Day

Celebratory Gunfire

A common practice in places such as the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America, and some parts of the US, shooting a firearm into the air in celebration occurs most often on holidays such as New Year's, Christmas, and Eid. Falling bullets are responsible for damaged roofs and shattered windows. Worse, they can result in injury and even death. Why is the mortality rate among those struck by falling bullets much higher than the mortality rate normally associated with gunshot wounds? More...
This Day in History

First Miss America Pageant Held in Atlantic City, New Jersey (1921)

The Miss America Pageant, now an American institution, began in 1921 as an attempt by Atlantic City businessmen to keep tourists in town after Labor Day. The weeklong event features the 50 state pageant winners and includes evening gown, swimsuit, and talent competitions. Its winner receives a $50,000 scholarship and spends the next year traveling and making lucrative personal appearances. What unusual skills have contestants demonstrated in the talent competition over the years? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Ashley (1925)

Ashley was a British fashion designer and manufacturer. After serving in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II, she founded a company with her husband to produce silkscreened placemats, scarves, and tea towels. Her romantic and old-fashioned look carried over into women's clothing, home furnishings, children's wear, fabrics, wall coverings, and decorative accessories. What inspired Ashley to start printing Victorian-style fabric in 1953? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

pull a U-ie

To make a U-turn. Primarily heard in US, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Brazil Independence Day (2016)

A declaration of independence was made by Pedro di Alcântara (1798-1834) on this day in 1822. Brazil had been a colony of Portugal since the 16th century. Alcântara, better known as Pedro I, became the first emperor of Brazil in 1823 and ruled until 1831. Independence Day is a public holiday in Brazil, and there are celebrations in Brasília, the capital, with parades of military personnel and floats decorated with flowers. More...
In the News

London Skyscraper "Melts" Jag

Imagine parking your luxury vehicle on the street and returning to find it damaged, not dented by a hit-and-run driver but rather melted by a powerful beam of sunlight reflected off the facade of a newly constructed skyscraper. That is what happened to one unlucky Jaguar owner who parked his car in London's historic financial district, and now developers are scrambling for a solution to the problem. This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. A few years ago, a Las Vegas hotel made headlines for the "death ray" of reflected sunlight that would sweep across its pool deck over the course of the day. More...
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