Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

guttersnipe

Definition:(noun) A child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas.
Synonyms:street urchin
Usage: In Shaw's Pygmalion, an elocution expert plucks a guttersnipe from Covent Garden market and teaches her to talk like a lady.
Article of the Day

Rootkits

If your computer has ever had a virus, you might have encountered a rootkit—a Trojan that keeps itself, other files, registry keys, and network connections hidden from detection. It gives the attacker "root" access to the computer, which means it runs at the lowest level of the machine. Rootkits are often damaging and have gained notoriety as a form of malware—software designed to destroy data, steal information, or aggravate the user. When was the first virus for personal computers discovered? More...
This Day in History

USA PATRIOT Act Signed into Law (2001)

Enacted quickly and with little opposition in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the sweeping USA PATRIOT Act dramatically enhanced the powers of law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies within the US. The bill has since come under increasing scrutiny and criticism, and aspects of it have faced legal challenges in the courts. After it was renewed in 2006, most of its sections became permanent. What section of the act has riled librarians in particular? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahalia Jackson (1911)

As a child, Jackson sang at the New Orleans church where her father preached. After moving to Chicago, she sang with a touring gospel quintet. Her warm, powerful voice first came to wider public attention in the 1930s. Called "The Queen of Gospel," she sang at an inaugural party for US President John F. Kennedy, at the 1963 March on Washington, and at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite many offers, she refused to sing secular songs. Jackson was born with what physical deformity? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a joy to behold

A thing, event, or experience that creates a profound sense of joy or elation in the spectator. More...
Today's Holiday

Punkie Night (2017)

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More...
In the News

Study: Women Better Multitaskers

There is no easy answer to the question of which gender is better at juggling multiple tasks. In a recent study of multitasking, women outperformed men and seemed to be more organized under pressure. However, evidence on the issue has generally been mixed, with men surpassing women in some studies and vice versa. This may have to do with the nature of the tasks utilized in the individual studies. The bottom line is that juggling multiple tasks slows everyone—both men and women alike—down while increasing the number of errors made. More...
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