Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

burgeon

Definition:(verb) To grow or develop rapidly.
Synonyms:increase, flower, progress, mature, thrive, flourish, bloom, bud, blossom, prosper
Usage: Our meager food supply simply cannot sustain the burgeoning population.
Article of the Day

Quillwork

Before the introduction of glass beads to North America, porcupine quills were widely used as decorative elements in Native American textiles. The art of quillwork is still practiced today, though not nearly as widely as it once was. Techniques like embroidery and weaving are used to work colorfully dyed quills into intricate geometric designs on clothes, moccasins, cradleboards, and other items. During the 19th century, what quillwork item was popularly produced for sale to European-Americans? More...
This Day in History

First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Chain Reaction Is Demonstrated (1942)

Constructed under an abandoned stand of bleachers at the University of Chicago, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor was little more than a pile of uranium and graphite bricks. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. The first successful demonstration lasted 28 minutes and was a milestone in the history of physics. What code phrase did scientists use to convey the reactor's success to government officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Callas (1923)

An internationally known Greek-American opera star, Callas was celebrated less for her voice than for her electrifying stage presence and mastery of difficult roles. Her career blossomed in the 1940s. Offstage, her fiery temperament, dramatic love life, and demanding personality earned her the reputation of a consummate diva. During her media-fueled rivalry with soprano Renata Tebaldi in the 1950s, Callas was quoted as saying that comparing her to Tebaldi was like comparing what two things? More...
Quotation of the Day
How reckless is Nature in the distribution of her gifts!

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

(with) kind regards

A common, semi-formal valediction (used to say farewell at the end of a letter or other written message; also known as a complimentary close) expressing well wishes to the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade (2017)

Yakima Valley, Washington, has taken a conventional tradition—the Christmas parade—and added an interesting twist. The Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which takes place in the town of Sunnyside, showcases as many as 70 farm vehicles decorated with hundreds—sometimes thousands—of lights. Entries in the ceremony include tractors, combines, grape pickers, semi-trucks with flatbeds, and even horse-drawn floats. Other activities that accompany the celebration are a breakfast with Santa and Christmas caroling. More...
In the News

Desert Beetle Inspires Self-Filling Water Bottle Design

Man has long looked to nature for ways to solve various problems and inspire technological advances. One famous example of biomimicry is Zimbabwe's Eastgate Center, a shopping center constructed using temperature-control principles discovered in termite mounds in the desert. Now, a US start-up is working to develop a self-filling water bottle that draws water from the air in much the same way as the Namib Desert beetle. Its developers believe that the product will be able to collect between one-half and three liters of water per hour, depending on environmental conditions, and could help some of the billions of people living in water-scarce regions. More...
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