Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

lighthearted

Definition:(adjective) Not being burdened by trouble, worry, or care; happy and carefree.
Synonyms:lightsome, blithe
Usage: We knew that things were hard for our Bohemian neighbors, but the two girls were lighthearted and never complained.
Article of the Day

Planned Obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is a policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it, thereby stimulating sales. Now applied to many different products, notably computer software, the concept first emerged in the 1920s when companies began to analyze every aspect of mass production. Planned obsolescence can refer to both technical failures and to "style" obsolescence. What are some examples of modern products that are designed to become obsolete? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the last thing (one) wants

Something which one absolutely does not want or has no use for. More...
Today's Holiday

Jubilee Days Festival (2017)

Founded in 1948, Jubilee Days began as a celebration of the harvest and of God's blessings on the community. It has since become a celebration of the unique heritage of Zion, Illinois. The town was founded in 1901 by the reverend John Alexander Dowie, organizer of the Christian Catholic Church. He died in 1907 and was succeeded by Wilbur Glenn Voliva. Past festivals have included arts and crafts fairs, 5k runs, mayor's prayer breakfasts, Zion queen's pageants, Civil War reenactments, and parades. More...
In the News

Fifth Time's the Charm for 64-Year-Old Cuba-Florida Swimmer

After four failed attempts to make the 110-mile (177-km) swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to the US, 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to complete the crossing without a shark cage or flippers. The achievement was 35 years in the making. She made her first attempt in 1978, when she was just 28, but had to abandon it 42 hours in, after crossing 76 miles. Undeterred, she tried again and again, and after 53 hours in the water this weekend, she finally achieved her goal, sending a message that it is never too late to chase your dreams. More...
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