Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

undersell

Definition:(verb) To sell goods for a lower price than (another seller).
Synonyms:undercut
Usage: The executive instituted a store-wide sale in an effort to undersell the popular new competitor.
Article of the Day

Sephirot

Kabbalah is an esoteric system of interpretation of Jewish scriptures based upon a tradition claimed to have been handed down orally from Abraham. One of its principle sources is the 1894 Sefer Yetzirah, or Book of Creation. It develops, in a series of monologues supposedly delivered by Abraham, the doctrine of the Sephirot. Kabbalists believe that Sephirot are powers emanating from God through which the world is created and its order sustained. There are 10 of them. What are they? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Drake Strikes Oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania (1859)

In the late 1850s, Drake hired a salt well driller to start digging on a piece of land near Titusville, Pennsylvania. Though oil was known to exist nearby, there was no practical way to extract it, and its primary use was in medicine. In August 1859, Drake struck oil at a depth of 69 feet (21 m), an event that marked the birth of the oil industry. Once a quiet village, Titusville became a bustling town as prospectors flocked to the area. What disaster struck the town more than once? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Stewart Rolls (1877)

A member of the British aristocracy, Rolls developed an interest in engines and cars while studying at Cambridge. He became the first person there to have a car—a Peugeot—and, in 1902, he went into the automobile sales business. Striking a deal with manufacturer Frederick Royce in 1906, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce automobile company, which quickly earned a reputation for its engineering. In 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls became the first Briton to die in what unusual way? More...
Quotation of the Day
The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

lap of the gods

A state beyond possible human control, intervention, or responsibility; a state or condition that is or will be decided by nature or fate. Usually used in the phrase "in the the lap of the gods." More...
Today's Holiday

Wheat Harvest Festival (2017)

The small village of Provins in north-central France celebrates its wheat harvest at the end of the summer. On the last Sunday of August, villagers decorate their homes and shops with wheat and wildflowers. There are also exhibits of antique farming tools and parades featuring harvest floats pulled by tractors. The villagers reenact ancient rituals involving wheat and perform demonstrations of how the grain is separated, ground, and baked to make bread. More...
In the News

High-Tech Face Paint Could Offer Bomb Blast Protection

A team of US scientists has developed a new formulation for camouflage face paint that could protect soldiers and firefighters from intense heat. Thermal blasts from roadside bombs and other explosives last only a couple of seconds, but in that time they can produce temperatures exceeding 1,000°F (538°C)—hot enough to cook skin. Traditional military camouflage makeup utilizes flammable oils and waxes that can exacerbate burns. The new silicone-based face paint reflects rather than absorbs heat and has been shown to resist extreme heat for up to 15 seconds. A colorless version is being developed for firefighters. More...
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