Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

swindle

Definition:(verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms:bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, victimize
Usage: He swindled investors out of millions of dollars.
Article of the Day

The Farnese Palace

One of the most magnificent palaces of Rome, the Palazzo Farnese, or Farnese Palace, was designed by Antonio da Sangallo for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III. Built of huge stone blocks plundered from ancient monuments, it was begun before 1514 and, after the architect's death, was continued by Michelangelo and completed by Giacomo della Porta. After the Farnese family died out, the king of Naples gained possession of the palace. What has it housed since 1874? More...
This Day in History

Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle, Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus's surface and measuring the planet's gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus's tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan's images reveal about the planet? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Nestlé (1814)

Born in Germany, Nestlé was the 11th of 14 children—only half of whom survived to adulthood. After apprenticing to a pharmacist in the 1830s, he began to work on an infant food that could serve as a substitute for breast milk for struggling babies. Combining milk, flour, and sugar, he created the first commercial infant formula and founded what is today the largest processed foods company in the world. The Nestlé company logo is derived from the family coat of arms, which includes what image? More...
Quotation of the Day
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a knee-slapper

A hilarious joke, especially one that evokes loud and prolonged laughter. More...
Today's Holiday

Baby Parade (2017)

Started in 1901, the Baby Parade that takes place along the boardwalk at the seaside resort of Ocean City on the second Thursday in August each year allows children up to the age of 10 to participate and compete for prizes. The children are reviewed by the judges as they walk or wheel along the boardwalk from Sixth Street to Twelfth Street, and every child who enters receives a sterling silver identification bracelet. Cash prizes are given to the best entry in each division. More than 50,000 spectators are drawn to the Ocean City Baby Parade each year. More...
In the News

Fish Inspire Improvements in Wind Farm Design

Wind farms inspired by schools of fish could produce up to 10 times more power than current wind farms. Though the redesigned wind farms employ vertical, whisk-like turbines that are less efficient individually than propeller-style turbines, these vertical-axis wind turbines can be spaced closer together and utilize turbulent winds from many directions, increasing overall output. In addition, the vertical-axis turbines are only one-tenth the height of their propeller-style counterparts, making them less intrusive in the landscape and potentially minimizing their danger to bats and birds. More...
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