Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

paunchy

Definition:(adjective) Having a large belly.
Synonyms:abdominous, potbellied
Usage: He was … a plump, paunchy, sturdy-looking fellow.
Article of the Day

The Kelvin Water Dropper

The Kelvin water dropper is an electrostatic generator that was invented in the 1860s by William Thomson—better known as Lord Kelvin. The device uses drops of water falling into separate buckets to generate opposite electrical charges, which will eventually discharge via an arc between the buckets. If the buckets are insulated from each other, they can become so charged that they may even fling the water droplets away before they land. How can one build such a device at home? More...
This Day in History

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" Is Published (1948)

Published by the The New Yorker the same month it was written, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" instantly became one of the most controversial stories ever run by the esteemed magazine. Hundreds of outraged readers cancelled their subscriptions or wrote letters expressing their confusion and anger over the story's meaning. Now considered a classic, the chilling story matter-of-factly describes an annual lottery in a bucolic American town in which one person is selected for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Abner Doubleday (1819)

Doubleday was a US Army officer who distinguished himself in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter and saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He also served in the Mexican and Seminole Wars. He retired from the army in 1873 and wrote many articles, including two accounts of his war experiences, drawing on his 67 volumes of diaries. For years, accounts persisted that he invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Did he? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clock, n.: A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

incumbent (up)on (someone)

Imposed or expected as an obligation, duty, or requirement on someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates Madagascar's independence from France on this day in 1960. Republic Day is another public holiday in Madagascar, held on December 30, the day the new constitution went into effect. The country became a republic in 1975. More...
In the News

Galápagos Tortoise Lonesome George Has Died

Lonesome George, the last remaining giant tortoise of his subspecies, Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, died on Sunday. He is believed to have been at least 100 years old. George was first sighted on the Galápagos island of Pinta in the early 1970s. Until that time, his subspecies had been considered extinct. Thereafter, George became a symbol of the Galápagos Islands and of the plight of endangered species. The giant tortoises of the Galápagos helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution but overhunting and habitat destruction have since brought them to the brink of extinction. More...
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