Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

forbearance

Definition:(noun) Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
Synonyms:longanimity, patience
Usage: Nevertheless, his army rebelled in Spain; this arose from nothing but his too great forbearance, which gave his soldiers more license than is consistent with military discipline.
Article of the Day

The Congreve Rocket

After the British first encountered rocketry in the 1790s in India during the Mysore Wars, Sir William Congreve was asked to develop a similar weapon for Britain. He created the Congreve rocket, which was guided by a long pole, much like a bottle rocket—and was similarly unpredictable. Still, its relatively long range of 2 miles (3 kilometers) was unprecedented, and it had a major impact on the development of modern warfare. What famous American song was inspired by Congreve rockets in action? More...
This Day in History

The American Civil War Ends at Appomattox Court House (1865)

The first major engagement of the US Civil War was the First Battle of Bull Run, fought in 1861 partly on the farm of Wilmer McLean in Manassas, Virginia. A few years later, McLean moved to Appomattox Court House, a town which, coincidentally, would soon be the site of the war's effective end. It was there that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in McLean's parlor. Why did Grant stop Union troops when they began to celebrate the victory? More...
Today's Birthday

Eadweard J. Muybridge (1830)

Muybridge was an eccentric photographic innovator who left a vast and varied body of work. He is best known for his pioneering use of multiple still cameras to photograph the stages of motion. Hired by Leland Stanford to answer the question of whether there is a moment during a horse's stride when all four of its hooves are off the ground, he developed a special shutter for his cameras and a method for triggering them sequentially. Why was he acquitted of murdering his wife's lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil—and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

ice maiden

pejorative A coolly composed, unemotional woman; a woman without affection or warmth of feeling. More...
Today's Holiday

Semana Santa (Guatemala) (2017)

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is without doubt the biggest occasion of the year in Antigua, the old colonial capital of Guatemala, and one of the largest Easter celebrations in the New World. Thousands of tourists and believers come to the city to witness this massive display of religious theater. The entire Passion play, beginning with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ending with his Resurrection on Easter, is reenacted in the streets of Antigua—complete with armor-clad Roman soldiers on horseback, who charge through the town early on Good Friday looking for Jesus. More...
In the News

Powdered Rhino Horn More Costly than Cocaine

In Vietnam, rhinoceros horn is selling for more than cocaine, driving up poaching rates considerably. At $25,000 a pound, powdered rhino horn is in high demand for its purported, yet unsubstantiated, medicinal properties, such as being able to cure cancer. The substance is now more costly than other exotic animal products used in traditional medicine, like bear bile and tiger bone paste. Vietnam's last known Javan rhinoceros was killed by poachers in 2010, and demand for the horn is now so great that experts worry the world's remaining rhino populations could soon meet the same fate. More...
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