Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

superfluity

Definition:(noun) Extreme excess.
Synonyms:overplus, plethora, embarrassment
Usage: He will look at the city which is within him, and take heed that no disorder occur in it, such as might arise either from superfluity or from want.
Article of the Day

Demoparties

The demoscene is an international subculture of computer programmers who create non-interactive, real-time audio-visual computer presentations, or "demos," for fun. The scene formed in the 1980s, and today, people from the demoscene gather at demoparties. Such events can last days, allowing time for competitions and demo-making as well as social interaction. Some large, well-known demoparties take place annually and can attract thousands of people from around the world. Where do attendees sleep? More...
This Day in History

British Broadcasting Company Makes Its First Radio Broadcast (1922)

The original BBC—the British Broadcasting Company—was founded by radio manufacturers eager to provide programs for the radios they were selling. Just two weeks after listeners began purchasing receiving licenses, Arthur Burrows read the first newscast from Marconi House in London. Two more stations—Birmingham and Manchester—went on the air the next day. Within five years, the company was transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation. What was reported on the second day of broadcasting? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Fulton (1765)

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

cast in concrete

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2017)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916; since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
In the News

Murder Sends Antivirus Mogul into Hiding

Police in Belize are seeking John McAfee, the founder of antivirus software firm McAfee, for questioning in the murder of his neighbor this past weekend, but the millionaire has gone into hiding and is nowhere to be found. At this point, McAfee is considered simply a "person of interest" in the matter, and another person has been detained in connection with the case. Still, McAfee refuses to turn himself over to police, claiming that the authorities have been out to get him for months and are now conspiring to frame him for murder. More...
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