Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

hookah

Definition:(noun) An oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water.
Synonyms:calean, chicha, hubble-bubble, kalian, narghile, shisha, water pipe
Usage: Though I constantly lecture him about the dangers of smoking, my Iranian grandfather refuses to get rid of his hookah.
Article of the Day

The Railgun

A railgun is an experimental weapon that uses electricity instead of explosives to fire long-range projectiles. In a railgun, a conductive projectile is propelled electromagnetically along two parallel rails. Though the device uses a tremendous amount of energy, it can launch objects hundreds of miles at many times the speed of sound. Both the US and Britain have developed and fired experimental models. What are the advantages and disadvantages of railguns compared to traditional guns? More...
This Day in History

The Hindenburg Disaster (1937)

Launched in 1936 in Germany, the Hindenburg was the largest rigid airship ever constructed and was promoted by the Nazis as a symbol of national pride. It started the first commercial air service across the North Atlantic and made several trips to the Americas. On one such trip, the hydrogen-filled airship violently and unexpectedly exploded in flames and crashed in New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board. What non-flammable gas was originally supposed to provide the airship's lift? More...
Today's Birthday

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758)

Robespierre was one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1789 and became an influential orator. After calling for the execution of the king in 1792, he led the Jacobins and the Committee of Public Safety in establishing the Reign of Terror, during which hundreds of thousands of political opponents were arrested and thousands were guillotined. In 1794, he was overthrown and executed. What was his role in the Cult of the Supreme Being? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

in the circumstances

Due to the conditions or particular situation; such as the case is. More...
Today's Holiday

Kentucky Derby (2017)

The Kentucky Derby is the greatest and most glamorous horse race in America, run since 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a one-and-one-quarter-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds and is the first race in the Triple Crown. The Derby became Louisville's major social occasion of the year; women to this day wear their most stylish hats to the racetrack, and there are numerous lavish Derby breakfasts and parties. And, of course, the Derby wouldn't be the Derby without mint juleps, the bourbon-and-mint drink served in cold silver cups. More...
In the News

Koala Population Threatened in Parts of Australia

Koala populations in Queensland and New South Wales have declined by as much as 40% in the past two decades, prompting Australia to declare the koala a threatened species in those areas. By classifying the gentle marsupials as vulnerable, the government affords them some measure of protection from threats like habitat loss and urban expansion. Vehicle strikes, dog attacks, and disease have also taken a toll on koala populations. Some conservationists argue that more needs to be done to protect the koalas and that all of Australia's koalas should be classified as vulnerable. More...
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