Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

snuggery

Definition:(noun) A small secluded room.
Synonyms:cubby, cubbyhole
Usage: Now that they were alone, in this snuggery, which seemed barely large enough to contain so great a man's moustaches, the parties understood each other.
Article of the Day

Silly Putty

When scientists tried to find a rubber substitute for the US during WWII, they stumbled upon a product that would entertain children for generations. Silly Putty is silicone plastic “clay” sold in an egg-shaped plastic container and marketed as a children's toy. As an inorganic polymer, it can pick up ink when pressed against a newspaper; the imprint can then be stretched in any direction. It also bounces, breaks, and “melts” into a puddle. What causes these unusual flow characteristics? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds—not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but—a hatred of all injury.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. More...
Today's Holiday

USA Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention (2017)

The Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which convenes during the first week of each September, is the major business meeting of the group's boards, auxiliaries, and member churches. During the annual session, delegates deal with business issues. However, they also share Christian fellowship and, through a series of forums, explore such issues as health and wellness, social justice, and empowerment, often with emphasis on their impact on the African-American community. More...
In the News

The Number of Trees on Earth May Surprise You

How many trees are there on Earth? It's the ultimate estimation game, but a group of Yale researchers believe they have arrived at the most precise answer yet. There are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth -- nearly eight times as many as was previously ... More...
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