Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-sufficient

Definition:(adjective) Able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others.
Synonyms:self-sustaining
Usage: A strong and self-reliant man, he had all his life ignored companionship, had been well content to live without friends, self-contained and self-sufficient.
Article of the Day

Rumspringa

In some Amish communities, rumspringa is a period of "running around" that begins at about age 16 and ends when a youth chooses to become a full member of the church or to leave the community. Rumspringa is often portrayed in popular media as a period of sanctioned adolescent rebellion, but within the Amish community, deviation from norms is frowned upon, and the term usually simply refers to a period of greater social activity. What choice do most make at rumspringa's end? More...
This Day in History

NASDAQ Stock Market Begins Trading (1971)

When the NASDAQ stock exchange began trading in 1971, it was the world's first electronic stock market. Founded in New York by the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASDAQ initially existed as computer bulletin board system that did not yet connect buyers and sellers. Today, it lists more companies and has more trading volume than any other US electronic stock exchange. In 2007, NASDAQ acquired the oldest stock exchange in America for $652 million. Which exchange did NASDAQ buy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828)

Verne was a French novelist credited with originating the modern genre of science fiction. Early on, he was interested in theater and wrote librettos for operas. Later, he drew upon his knowledge of science and geography to write romances of extraordinary journeys, which quickly became very popular. He wrote more than 50 books in his lifetime, including A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. One of his books explores a five-week journey by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hurler on the ditch

A person who offers unsolicited criticism or advice about something in which he or she is not an active participant. Taken from the sport of hurling, a player of which is a hurler. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Yaya Matsuri (2017)

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first five days in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More...
In the News

Construction Begins on Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Construction has begun on a supersonic car designed to reach 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) in just 45 seconds. The car, Bloodhound SSC, will be used in an attempt to break the current land speed record of 763 mph (1228 km/h) late next year. The car will be powered by a jet engine mounted above a hybrid rocket, which together will produce 21 tons of thrust. Designing a vehicle that can travel at such high speeds presents many challenges, including building wheels that can withstand rotation in excess of 10,000 revolutions per minute while at the same time being pelted with the grit that will be kicked up as the car travels. More...
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