Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

infirmity

Definition:(noun) The state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age).
Synonyms:debility, feebleness, frailty, valetudinarianism
Usage: We all knew it was infirmity, not indifference, that kept Grandma Jane from attending my graduation.
Article of the Day

The Flywheel

A flywheel is a heavy metal wheel attached to a drive shaft to help steady the shaft's rotation and store kinetic energy. Due to inertia, the heavy wheel resists changes in speed once it is spinning, and thus it helps to moderate fluctuations in the speed of an engine. By slowly increasing the speed of the flywheel over a period of time, a small motor can store up enough energy to perform a function for which it is ordinarily too small. What part of an automobile engine makes use of a flywheel? More...
This Day in History

Harry S. Truman Announces His Point Four Program (1949)

As the fourth point of his presidential inauguration address in 1949, Truman announced what became known as his Point Four Program—the US policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Such assistance, mainly in agriculture, public health, and education, was provided through contracts with US business and educational organizations. During the Cold War, the US government used Point Four to win support from uncommitted nations. Does the program still exist? More...
Today's Birthday

Federico Fellini (1920)

After collaborating on screenplays with Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s, Italian Federico Fellini turned from writing to directing films. His movies earned international acclaim, and a number of them won Academy Awards, including La Strada, 8 ½, and Amarcord. Filmed in color starting in 1965, his movies became a celebration of life, with its beauties and grotesqueries, as well as an exploration of Fellini's dream life. His wife starred in several of his films. Who was she? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

an honest mistake

A mistake made unintentionally or unknowingly and without the intention of causing harm; a mistake that anyone might have made in similar circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Inauguration Day (United States) (2017)

From 1789 until 1933, the day on which the newly elected president of the United States began his term of office was March 4. The day was changed to January 20 when the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1933. At noontime, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the president, who then delivers an Inaugural Address. This is followed by a colorful Inauguration Parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. More...
In the News

Wasteful Habits, Worldwide Problem

According to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a smorgasbord of food-related practices and attitudes is contributing to the worldwide problem of food waste. In a recent report, it estimates that a third to half of all food produced on the planet goes to waste. Poor food storage, firm sell-by dates, bulk purchasing, and consumer fussiness are part of the problem, but other contributing factors take place long before the food even hits store shelves. For example, entire crops are sometimes rejected before they are harvested, simply because they do not meet certain standards of physical appearance. More...
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