Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
Word of the Day

vaporing

Definition:(noun) Boastful or bombastic talk or behavior.
Synonyms:brag, gasconade
Usage: Captain Bonneville purchased a supply of buffalo meat from his braggadocio friends; who, with all their vaporing, were in fact a very forlorn horde.
Article of the Day

The Lowell Mill Girls

Situated on the Merrimack River, the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, was home to dozens of textile mills in the mid-19th century. Attracted by the promise of high wages, thousands of young women came to the mills for work. Living and working together in close quarters, they developed a distinct community. When profits declined, hours were increased, wages were lowered, and the women organized strikes and started a labor reform organization. In 1853, their workday was shortened to how many hours? More...
This Day in History

The Green March Begins (1975)

Extremely arid and almost entirely sand and gravel, the sparsely populated territory of Western Sahara was a protectorate of Spain until the 1970s. Despite internal calls for independence, the king of neighboring Morocco led a march of more than 300,000 unarmed Moroccans into the territory as a show of support for annexation. Known as the Green March, the mass demonstration led to Spanish withdrawal, but control of the region is still contested. What other group claims the territory? More...
Today's Birthday

Joanna the Mad (1479)

Joanna was the first queen regnant of both Castile and Aragon, which would become modern Spain. Though Joanna likely suffered from depression, the extent of her mental illness may have been exaggerated for political reasons. Throughout much of Joanna's reign, her father, husband, and son vied for power, each ruling on her behalf by attesting to her insanity. Joanna remained confined for much of her life. How old was she when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

a little leery

Cautious, wary, or uncertain of a given person, place, or thing. More...
Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2017)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
In the News

Supercomputer to Become World's Fastest

The Titan supercomputer unveiled Monday at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US is expected to become the fastest in the world when it comes fully online in late 2012 or early 2013. Developed by Cray, Inc., the supercomputer is expected to operate with a maximum performance power of 20 petaflops, meaning it can perform 20 quadrillion calculations every second. A quadrillion is a one followed by 15 zeroes. More...
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