Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

spillway

Definition:(noun) A channel for an overflow of water, as from a reservoir.
Synonyms:wasteweir, spill
Usage: The workers cleared the debris from the spillway so the excess water could flow through the channel.
Article of the Day

The Golden Hour

Achieving the perfect lighting for outdoor shots can be a challenge for even the most experienced photographer. In the middle of the day, the harsh overhead sun can cause overly bright highlights and dark shadows. To get the best shot, photographers often wait for the "golden" or "magic" hour—the first and last periods of sunlight during the day. The low sun creates a warm light that is ideal for landscape photos and enhances the colors of a scene. How long does the "golden hour" usually last? More...
This Day in History

Coca-Cola Hits the Market as a Health Tonic (1886)

At a time when soda fountains were popular in the US due to the widespread belief that carbonated water was good for the health, American pharmacist John Pemberton came up with his own formula for a health tonic. Among its ingredients were cocaine, derived from the coca leaf, and caffeine, derived from the kola nut, leading to the name Coca-Cola. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass. What serious ailments did Pemberton claim Coca-Cola had the power to cure? More...
Today's Birthday

William Walker (1824)

Though he was a qualified doctor, lawyer, and journalist by the time he was 24, Walker had his sights set on a more adventurous career path. In 1853, he attempted but failed to seize and govern the Mexican province of Lower California. Undeterred, he led a small band of mercenaries to Nicaragua two years later, overthrew the government, and briefly served as president before being ousted. Despite his earlier failures, he tried once more to conquer Central America in 1860. What happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Grammar, n.: A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Helston Flora Day (2018)

According to legend, there was a large stone that blocked off the entrance to hell. One night, Satan tried to steal the stone; on his way through Cornwall, England, he was intercepted by the Archangel Michael, who forced him to drop the stone and flee. The town where he dropped it was called Helston (from Hellstone). The people of Helston continue to celebrate the Archangel's victory with the Helston Flora Day. The day's festivities include the "Furry dance," which is performed in the streets by men in top hats and women in fancy dresses, and a trip to the woods in search of flowers and leaves. More...
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