Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

dupery

Definition:(noun) Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage.
Synonyms:hoax, put-on, humbug, fraudulence
Usage: Even the most intelligent among us may be tempted by the dupery of Internet con artists if we are not careful.
Article of the Day

The Gyroscope

Among the unusual properties at work in gyroscopes is the resistance of a spinning object to being tilted. If set in a free-moving framework, such an object can provide a stable point of reference even if everything else around it—an airplane, for example—tilts. The effect is so strong that large gyroscopes can even prevent ships from rolling. Today, gyroscopes are used in missile guidance, automatic steering, and video game technology. What toys, besides tops, work with gyroscopic effects? More...
This Day in History

Rutan Voyager Completes First Nonstop Flight around the World without Refueling (1986)

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who first conceived of the craft and sketched it on the back of a napkin in 1981, the Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and landed there nine days later. The aircraft more than doubled the previous record of un-refueled flight set by a US Air Force B-52 in 1962. How much does the Rutan Voyager weigh? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805)

Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1827, he claimed that an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing God's revelation, which he translated as the Book of Mormon. He led converts to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and introduced the custom of polygamy. When in 1844 he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the US, he and his brother were thrown in jail, where they were killed by a lynch mob. What happened to the church after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
History develops, art stands still.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

heave into view

To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. More...
Today's Holiday

Night of the Radishes (2016)

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. More...
In the News

Even Skeptics Now Warming to Idea of Climate Change

The topic of global warming is one that has been hotly debated for many years, but as unusual and extreme weather events strike the US with increasing frequency, Americans are finding it harder to dismiss the concept of climate change. A new poll finds that nearly four out of five Americans now believe that global warming exists and poses a serious threat to the country. Interestingly, the greatest shift from skeptic to believer was seen among those who generally distrust scientists. More...
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