Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

windbreaker

Definition:(noun) A trademark used for a warm outer jacket having close-fitting, often elastic, cuffs and waistband.
Synonyms:anorak, parka, windcheater
Usage: George's windbreaker was torn, and he shivered in the cold night air.
Article of the Day

The Incandescent Light Bulb

Now the iconic symbol for an idea, the electric incandescent light bulb was independently produced in the late 1870s by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison—and perhaps earlier by others. However, Edison has received the major credit for this invention because he also developed the power lines and other equipment needed for a lighting system. Financed by the likes of J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts, Edison achieved success using a carbon filament in his design. How do incandescent light bulbs work? More...
This Day in History

11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard (1860)

A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that "all the ladies like whiskers" and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln. Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard. What did he say when he later met Bedell? More...
Today's Birthday

Evangelista Torricelli (1608)

An Italian physicist and mathematician, Torricelli served as secretary to Galileo during the last three months of Galileo's life. Two years later, pursuing a suggestion by Galileo, he filled a glass tube with mercury and inverted the tube into a dish. He noted that some of the mercury did not flow out and that the space above the mercury was a vacuum. He concluded that the variation of the height of the mercury from day to day was caused by changes in atmospheric pressure. What had he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2018)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
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