Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 3, 2011)
Word of the Day

diskette

Definition:(noun) A small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer.
Synonyms:floppy
Usage: Due to their relatively slow speed and small capacity, diskettes have largely been replaced by data storage devices like CDs and USB flash drives.
Article of the Day

Project MKULTRA

Project MKULTRA was the code name of a covert, illegal operation of the US Central Intelligence Agency that used US and Canadian citizens to research interrogation methods and behavior modification without their knowledge or consent. The full extent of the project is unknown, since the CIA ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973. The project, which lasted from the 1950s to the late 1960s, included the surreptitious administration of drugs such as LSD. What other experiments were conducted? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Panama Independence Days (2017)

Panama celebrates two Independence Days: November 28, the anniversary of freedom from Spain, and November 3, the anniversary of independence from Colombia. After gaining independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, Panama joined the Republic of Greater Colombia. For 50 years, Panama struggled for complete autonomy. In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether to let the U.S. build a canal at Panama. With U.S. backing, Panama broke away on November 3, 1903, and the canal was built. November 3 is celebrated with parades and fireworks in Panama City. More...
In the News

No Wheels, No Problem for Polish Pilot

Captain Tadeusz Wrona, the pilot who landed a Boeing 767 at Warsaw's airport with its wheels up after the landing gear failed, is being hailed as a national hero in Poland. Despite the fact that the aircraft landed on its belly and threw up sparks as it slid along the runway, not one of the 230 people on board was seriously hurt in Tuesday's emergency landing. In preparation for the crash landing, the flight crew kept the plane in the air, circling the airport for nearly an hour to burn off excess fuel, and ground crews covered the runway in fire retardant foam while emergency crews assembled nearby. More...
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