Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

flitter

Definition:(verb) Move back and forth very rapidly.
Synonyms:flicker, flutter, quiver, waver
Usage: The hummingbird flittered from one flower to the next, darting instinctively to wherever the nectar was most plentiful.
Article of the Day

Fuel Cell

A fuel cell is a device that converts fuel directly into electricity, a process far more efficient than indirect methods of energy conversion, such as heating steam to turn a turbine connected to an electrical generator. Since fuel cells can be used in place of virtually any other source of electricity, they are being developed for use in automobiles in hopes of greatly reducing pollution. In 1966, automobile manufacturer GM created its first fuel cell-powered automobile. Did it work? More...
This Day in History

Decimal Day (1971)

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 "new pence," and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? More...
Today's Birthday

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820)

Anthony was a pioneer in the US women's suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women's rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

gym bunny

Someone who is obsessively preoccupied with maintaining or improving his or her physique and thus spends a large amount of time at the gym to do so. More...
Today's Holiday

Lupercalia (2017)

This was an ancient Roman festival during which worshippers gathered at a grotto on the Palatine Hill in Rome called the Lupercal. The sacrifice of goats and dogs to the Roman deities Lupercus and Faunus was part of the ceremony. Luperci (priests of Lupercus) dressed in goatskins and, smeared with the sacrificial blood, would run about striking women with thongs of goat skin. This was thought to assure them of fertility and an easy delivery. The name for these thongs—februa—meant "means of purification" and eventually gave the month of February its name. More...
In the News

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius Suspected of Girlfriend's Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games and a South African national hero, is facing murder charges in the shooting death of his 30-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria. Pistorius and Steenkamp were the only two people at the home at the time of the incident, and police are interviewing neighbors who may have heard the couple arguing before or around the time of the shooting. There has been speculation that Pistorius mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, but this has not been confirmed, and the investigation is ongoing. More...
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