Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

belly-up

Definition:(adjective) Financially ruined.
Synonyms:bankrupt
Usage: The struggling grocery store was forced to lay off several employees to avoid going belly-up.
Article of the Day

Perpetual Motion

The expression "perpetual motion" arose in connection to the quest for a mechanism that, once set in motion, would continue to do useful work without an external source of energy. A mechanism using this type of motion, now called perpetual motion of the first kind, would clearly violate the now firmly established principle of conservation of energy. Still, this fact has not deterred inventors throughout history from proposing hypothetical perpetual motion machines. What are some of them? More...
This Day in History

California Gold Rush Begins (1848)

In 1848, the same year California became a part of the US, another major event in the state's history occurred. While establishing a sawmill for John Sutter, James W. Marshall discovered gold and touched off the California gold rush. The gold-rush miners, known as forty-niners, came in droves, spurred by the promise of fabulous riches from the so-called Mother Lode, and San Francisco became a boom town. Why was Sutter disappointed when he discovered that gold had been found on his property? More...
Today's Birthday

John Belushi (1949)

Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He started out with the Second City comedy troop in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, in 1971, achieved national recognition in National Lampoon's Lemmings in 1973, and joined Saturday Night Live as an original cast member in 1975. He also starred in several films, including Animal House and The Blues Brothers, before dying of a drug overdose in 1982. Who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be honor-bound to do (something)

To be or feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Festival (2017)

The winter season on the island of Bermuda brings on a schedule of performing arts events known as the Bermuda Festival, which began in 1976. Yehudi Menuhin was instrumental in organizing the first festival and performed on its 20th anniversary in 1996. Offerings include theater, dance, opera, classical, and modern music performances from around the world. More...
In the News

Doomsday Clock: Just Five Minutes to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock, a symbol of humankind's proximity to catastrophic destruction, has been moved one minute closer to midnight. The clock, maintained by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, was moved to five minutes to midnight because of inadequate progress on nuclear disarmament and climate change. It was a step back from 2010, when scientists, optimistic that world leaders would address global threats, turned the clock back a minute to six minutes to midnight. More...
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