Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

deplete

Definition:(verb) Use up (resources or materials).
Synonyms:wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume
Usage: We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.
Article of the Day

Supermodels

A supermodel is a highly-paid elite fashion model who usually has earned a worldwide reputation and often has a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. Although the term has roots earlier in the 20th century, it became especially popular during the 1980s and 1990s, when the names­—and not just the faces—of particular models began to be internationally recognized. What supermodel once said that models of her caliber "don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day"? More...
This Day in History

UNIVAC Computer Delivered to the US Census Bureau (1951)

By 1870, the US population was so large that hand-counting the census was no longer feasible. Despite the invention of a counting machine, by the time the 1880 census was tabulated, it was almost 1890. Dealing with so much data remained a problem until the late 1940s, when the Census Bureau commissioned the first civilian computer. In 1951, it was used to count part of the 1950 census and was so successful that the bureau bought another. What presidential election did UNIVAC correctly predict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Johnson (1878)

The son of two ex-slaves, Johnson was the world's first African-American heavyweight champion. At the height of his career, Johnson was excoriated by the press for having twice married white women, and he offended white supremacists by defeating former champion James J. Jeffries, the "Great White Hope." In 1912, Johnson was convicted under the Mann Act for transporting his wife-to-be across state lines. Sentenced to a year in prison, he fled the country. What happened when he returned? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battles or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be losing it

To start becoming crazy, insane, or mentally unstable. More...
Today's Holiday

First Monday Trade Days (2017)

The First Monday Trade Days are a trading bazaar that each month brings 100-300,000 people to the small town of Canton, Texas. This legendary affair in northern Texas has its origins in the 1850s when the circuit court judge came to Canton on the first Monday of the month to conduct court proceedings. Farmers from the area would gather to sell or trade horses, conduct other business in town, and watch the occasional hanging. Now the flea market starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend before the first Monday, offering merchandise and food at more than 3,000 exhibition stalls. More...
In the News

Heartbreak Hurts

Brain scans show that social rejection stimulates regions of the brain that experts previously thought were solely dedicated to physical pain. When volunteers were asked to think about a recent, emotionally painful break-up while looking at a photo of the ex-partner and when they were subjected to a painful, burning sensation on the arm, overlapping parts of the brain were stimulated. The findings suggest that the brain does not firmly distinguish between physical and emotional pain and raise questions about whether treating one type of pain can help relieve the other. More...
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