Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

hombre

Definition:(noun) An informal term for a youth or man.
Synonyms:guy, bozo, cat
Usage: I am the kind of hombre who enjoys a good steak for dinner.
Article of the Day

The Geysers

Located in the Mayacamas Mountains north of San Francisco, California, The Geysers is a complex of geothermal power plants that draw steam from more than 350 wells. Discovered in 1847, the area became the site of the first commercial geothermal electric plant in the US in 1960. Today, it boasts the largest complex of such plants in the world. The steam is produced by a magma chamber heating water underground, but the features that gave The Geysers its name are not really geysers. What are they? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Delivered to Harvey's Resort Hotel (1980)

After losing a substantial amount of money gambling at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, John Birges devised a plan to recoup his losses. On August 26, 1980, he planted a bomb containing nearly 1,000 pounds (453 kg) of dynamite at the casino. His attempt to extort millions of dollars failed, but so did efforts to disarm his sophisticated, tamper-proof bomb. The resulting explosion destroyed much of the casino on August 27. No one was injured. How did experts try to disarm the bomb? More...
Today's Birthday

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, AKA Mother Teresa (1910)

In 1927, 17-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu left her native Macedonia and became a Catholic nun in India, changing her name to Teresa. She never saw her family again. Her decades of devoted charity to the poor earned her global recognition and a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. Though she was a prominent religious figure, she suffered from a crisis of faith that lasted decades. Since her death in 1997, she has rapidly progressed toward being declared a saint. Why was an exorcism once performed on Mother Teresa? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

land-poor

Owning a large amount of land that is unprofitable and being without the means to maintain it or capitalize on its fertility. More...
Today's Holiday

Paryushana (Paryushan Parva) (2017)

Like most other Jaina festivals, the Paryushana festival is observed by focusing on the 10 cardinal virtues: forgiveness, charity, simplicity, contentment, truthfulness, self-restraint, fasting, detachment, humility, and continence. Believers ask those whom they may have offended to forgive them, and friendships that have lapsed during the year are restored. The Paryushana festival is observed all over India in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). More...
In the News

Nazca Lines Threatened by Squatters and Their Pigs

Discovered in the 1930s during aerial exploration of the arid tableland surrounding the Palpa valley, the Nazca Lines are enormous geometric and zoomorphic forms that were etched in the desert floor 200 miles (322 km) south of Lima, Peru, more than 1,500 years ago. The enigmatic geoglyphs were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Yet the magnificent designs are now being threatened by squatters, who have settled on the protected site and are even raising pigs there. Evicting squatters is a difficult and drawn-out process thanks to Peruvian land occupancy laws, and experts worry that the squatters will do irreparable harm to the site before they are removed. More...
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