Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

sander

Definition:(noun) A power tool used for sanding wood; a loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor.
Synonyms:smoother
Usage: After tearing up the old carpeting, they used a sander to smooth the splintered hardwood floor.
Article of the Day

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) is a hand game, often played by children, that is used as a selection method similar to drawing straws. Though seemingly random, an experienced and attentive player can sometimes recognize the behavior patterns of other players and use this knowledge to his advantage. The game involves 3 hand gestures, each representing rock, paper, or scissors. Each gesture beats one of the other two. In 2006, US Federal Judge Gregory Presnell used RPS to settle a court dispute; how? More...
This Day in History

Landslide in Italy Claims More Than 2,000 Lives (1963)

One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact. In 2008, who cited the disaster as one of five "cautionary tales" for engineers and geologists? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter O'Malley (1903)

Born in New York City, O'Malley was the owner of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1950 to 1979. In 1958, he moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and helped to coordinate the move of the New York Giants to San Francisco at a time when there were no teams west of Missouri. Though ultimately successful, the transplantation of the Dodgers made O'Malley a target of vilification by Brooklyn fans. However, some blame what powerful official for the team's move? More...
Quotation of the Day
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Today's Holiday

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival (2016)

The Madison County Covered Bridge Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in October in and around Winterset, Iowa. The town is located in Madison County, which is noted for its historic wooden covered bridges. In addition to bridge tours, the weekend's festivities include demonstrations of such traditional activities as sheep shearing, wool spinning, and soap making. Entertainment includes barbershop quartets, square dancers, and cloggers, while quilts and antiques are on display. A parade of antique cars is a highlight of the weekend. More...
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