Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

abridgment

Definition:(noun) A shortened version of a written work.
Synonyms:condensation, capsule
Usage: In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.
Article of the Day

Naga Jolokia

Ominously known as the "ghost chili" or "poison chili," the naga jolokia was once the hottest chili pepper in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records in 2007. Originally grown in northeastern India and Bangladesh, the naga jolokia has measured over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale, a system developed to measure the "hotness" or piquancy of chili peppers. In comparison, jalapeño peppers range from 2,500 to 8,000. What pepper has since surpassed it as the world's hottest? More...
This Day in History

European Heat Wave: UK's Hottest Day on Record (2003)

The European heat wave of 2003 resulted in the deaths of more than 40,000 people. In France, where summers are usually very mild and many homes do not have air conditioning, nearly 15,000 people died from heat-related issues—at a time when many physicians were on summer holiday. So many died that undertakers ran out of room in their own facilities and had to keep corpses in off-site warehouses. The UK, meanwhile, suffered through violent storms and experienced what record high temperature? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Darrow (1889)

Darrow was a heating engineer who is generally credited with developing "Monopoly," a board game in which players compete to purchase real estate and bankrupt their opponents, though there is evidence that he merely adapted Elizabeth Magie's realty and taxation game "The Landlord's Game." "Monopoly" was initially rejected by Parker Brothers, but after Darrow met with success selling the game himself, the toy firm reconsidered and bought it in 1935. What were their initial objections? More...
Quotation of the Day
To live was then in itself a delight, because living implied seeing.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Today's Holiday

Puck Fair (2018)

A traditional gathering that dates back hundreds of years, Puck Fair is a three-day event held in Killorglin in County Kerry, Ireland. A large male goat is decorated with ribbons and paraded through the streets on the first day, which is known as Gathering Day. The goat, known as King Puck, presides over the fair from his "throne," an enclosure on a three-story platform in the town square. The main event of the second day, known as Puck's Fair Day, is a livestock show. On the third day, known as Scattering Day, King Puck is led out of town to the accompaniment of traditional Irish music. More...
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