Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 7, 2012)
Word of the Day

hail-fellow

Definition:(adjective) Heartily friendly and congenial.
Synonyms:comradely
Usage: Everyone in the tour group was instantly enamored by the guide and his hail-fellow demeanor.
Article of the Day

Dust Explosion

Because of its relatively large surface area, dust is more flammable than solid objects. When high concentrations of very fine powders are suspended in air, they have a tendency to violently, unexpectedly combust, even in the absence of a flame. Materials that cause dust explosions include not only coal and sawdust but also flour, sugar, and even powdered milk. Deadly dust explosions have gutted mines and leveled silos and factories. What methods are used in industry to prevent dust explosions? More...
This Day in History

Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983)

In 1982, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old American girl, wrote a letter to the newly elected leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, asking if he intended to start a war. Andropov replied personally. Expressing a desire for lasting peace with the US, he invited Smith to visit. The following July, she and her parents spent two weeks in the USSR amidst a media frenzy that hailed her as a goodwill ambassador. After her death in a plane crash two years later, she was honored by both nations in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Mahler (1860)

Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. After studying in Vienna, he conducted at numerous prominent opera houses where his high standards became legendary, but his refusal to compromise aroused intense personal opposition. He composed in his free time, mostly during the summer, and completed nine symphonies in his lifetime. The biggest success of his career—the 1910 premiere of his eighth symphony—was overshadowed by Mahler's discovery of his wife's affair with what famous architect? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

it wouldn't do (someone) any harm (to do something)

It would or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial for someone (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Juno Caprotina (2017)

Juno was the ancient Roman goddess of women and marriage, identified with the Greek goddess Hera. As the highest deity in the Roman pantheon next to Jupiter, her brother and husband, she ruled all aspects of women's lives, including sexuality and childbirth, and served as a kind of guardian angel for women. The two most important festivals in honor of Juno were the Juno Caprotina (or Nonae Caprotinae) and the Matronalia. The former was held under a wild fig tree in the Campus Martius, or Field of Mars, a floodplain of the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Justice for Stolen Babies of Argentinean "Dirty War"

Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina's dictator from 1976 to 1981, and General Reynaldo Benito Bignone, who ruled the country from June 1982 until its return to democracy in 1983, were convicted this week of systematically stealing babies from political dissidents and assigning them new identities. The former was sentenced to 50 years in prison, while the latter received 15 years. Both were already serving time for other human rights abuses during their rule. It is believed that at least 400 babies were stolen during the period of military rule known as the "Dirty War." More...
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