Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

backer

Definition:(noun) A person who gives financial or other support.
Synonyms:angel
Usage: After the backers withdrew their support, the director was forced to cancel the troupe's upcoming Shakespeare production.
Article of the Day

Maglev

Magnetic levitation, or maglev, is a method of supporting and propelling objects using magnets. Using the repellent force of superconductive magnets, vehicles, such as trains, may be suspended above a track or guideway. Continuously changing the polarity in alternate magnets causes a series of magnetic attractions and repulsions, which moves the vehicle along the track quickly and quietly. What is the highest recorded speed of a maglev train? More...
This Day in History

Topsy the Elephant is Executed by Electrocution (1903)

Topsy was a circus elephant at Coney Island's Luna Park. After killing three people—at least one of whom was mistreating her at the time—in as many years, she was deemed a threat and scheduled to be put down. After hanging was ruled out after being deemed too cruel, Thomas Edison suggested electrocution in an attempt to further his campaign to portray alternating current electricity as dangerous. Electrocuted with 6,600 volts, Topsy died in seconds. How many people witnessed the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785)

More than just a compiler of fairy tales, Jacob Grimm was a German philologist who formulated the linguistic principle known as Grimm's law and who, along with his brother Wilhelm, began work on a vast historical dictionary of the German language that took over a century to complete. The Brothers Grimm are best known, however, for their compilation of some 200 German folk tales, known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, that helped establish the science of folklore. How did they collect the stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Independence Day (2017)

The southeast Asian country of Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government, was given independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. The former capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is decorated for the Independence Day festivities, and the day is marked by sports and fairs in most cities. Burmese people dress in their national costume, which consists of an aingyi (blouse or shirt) and a longyi (skirt); panthay khowse (noodles and chicken) is traditionally served on this day, as is nga sak kin (curried fish balls). More...
In the News

Carrot Bears Karats

One Swedish woman got a welcome surprise when working in her garden recently—her wedding ring, lost for 16 years, wrapped around one of her carrots. The white-gold and diamond band had gone missing in 1995, when she took it off in the kitchen while preparing for Christmas. No matter where her family looked, even under the tile floor when it was torn up for renovations, the ring was nowhere to be found. Somehow it ended up in the garden, perhaps in a pile of compost or sheep feed, on a patch of dirt where one small but lucky carrot would sprout 16 years later, returning the ring to its grateful owner. More...
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