Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 5, 2011)
Word of the Day

iridescent

Definition:(adjective) Having a play of lustrous rainbow colors.
Synonyms:opalescent, pearlescent, nacreous
Usage: Soap bubbles are iridescent.
Article of the Day

Stanislav Petrov

Petrov is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces. In September 1983, during a tense era in US-Soviet relations, Petrov deviated from standard Soviet protocol by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm. His decision may have prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the US and its allies. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned. What happened to Petrov after the incident? More...
This Day in History

First Electric Traffic Light Is Installed (1914)

Prior to 1914, there had been several attempts to create automobile traffic signals similar to those used by railroads, but it was only after a four-way electric signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, that the modern traffic light system began to take root. The signal had only two colors, green and red, but the three-color version still in use today was not far off. What US city claims to be home to the oldest working traffic light in the country? More...
Today's Birthday

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930)

Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared "one giant leap for mankind." Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

keep an eye peeled (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Icelandic Festival (2017)

The Icelandic Festival, or Islendingadagurinn, held in Gimli, Manitoba, each year is one of the oldest ethnic festivals in Canada, dating back to 1890. The Icelandic settlers who emigrated to Canada wanted to do something to preserve their heritage and customs, and the current festival continues to reflect this interest in Icelandic culture. The events include choral singing and cultural and artistic displays. Participants dress in native Icelandic costumes and eat traditional foods such as smoked lamb and skyr, which is similar to yogurt. More...
In the News

Healthy Eating Is Hard on Wallets in the US

Eating healthfully in the US costs a good deal more money, and this, researchers say, could deter people from following dietary guidelines. A study investigating the economic impact of new US dietary guidelines found that simply meeting the new recommendations for potassium consumption could add nearly 10 percent to the average consumer's food costs and that adding more dietary fiber and vitamin D to one's diet also increases costs. It stands to reason then that people with higher average incomes were found to be more likely to eat healthier foods. More...
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