Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

tomfoolery

Definition:(noun) Foolish or senseless behavior.
Synonyms:lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence
Usage: Having had enough of our tomfoolery, the teacher sternly warned us to settle down and behave.
Article of the Day

Backpacking

Backpacking is an outdoor activity that combines hiking and camping. Because backpackers must carry all of their own supplies for food and shelter, backpacking excursions involve fewer comforts than traditional camping trips. On the other hand, because backpackers can remain in the wilderness overnight and resume hiking each morning, they are able to access remote areas of wilderness that are inaccessible by car or too distant for day-hikers to reach. What dangers do backpackers face? More...
This Day in History

Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Awarded Patent (1794)

By the end of the 18th century, the mechanization of fabric production in England had created a huge demand for US cotton, but cotton production was hampered by the large amount of manual labor required to remove the sticky seeds from the raw fiber. Whitney's cotton gin solved this problem, performing the work mechanically and quickly. Cotton production in the US skyrocketed, as did the slave population—which quadrupled by 1850. Why was Whitney unable to profit from his invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Strauss I (1804)

Tragically orphaned at the age of 12, Strauss was apprenticed to a bookbinder but studied violin on the side. After completing his apprenticeship, he performed in string quartets around Vienna before deciding to start his own band and write his own music. He enjoyed much professional success, but his family life was tempestuous. He forbade his children to study music, but they did anyway, with Johann II eventually overshadowing him. In 1849, he died after contracting scarlet fever from whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

idiot mittens

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. More...
Today's Holiday

Mamuralia (2017)

According to one Roman myth, Mamurius was a smith who was run out of the city because the shields he made for the soldiers failed to protect them when they were substituted for the sacred shield that had fallen from heaven. Another explanation is that Mamurius represented the old year, which had to be driven away on the day preceding the first full moon of the new Roman year. In any case, the rite that took place on March 14 involved leading a man wearing only animal skins through the streets of Rome. He was pursued and beaten with long white rods until he was driven out of the city. More...
In the News

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope

After five rounds of voting over the course of two days, the College of Cardinals elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The 76-year-old is the first non-European pontiff in more than a millennium and the first Latin American pope in the Church's history. He will henceforth be known as Pope Francis I. Shortly after the announcement of his election was made, the new pope made his first public address. From a balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, he greeted the assembled crowd and asked for the people's prayers. More...
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