Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

pitchy

Definition:(adjective) Of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal.
Synonyms:sooty
Usage: The cavern was lighted for an instant…and then immediately returned to pitchy darkness rendered thicker by the smoke.
Article of the Day

Hand Grenades

The first modern, hand-thrown grenades were in use as early as the 15th century, but they fell out of favor as the increasing range and accuracy of firearms lessened opportunities for close combat. However, their effectiveness in World War I trench warfare made hand grenades a standard part of the combat infantryman's equipment once again. Though one of the more recognizable grenade models is sometimes called a "pin-and-pineapple," grenades get their name from what other fruit? More...
This Day in History

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Kills 146 (1911)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was a clothing manufacturer that occupied the top three floors of a 10-story building in New York. In 1911, a small fire flared up in a dustbin on the 8th floor and quickly spread. Tragically, a number of doors had been locked by management to prevent theft, and fire truck ladders only reached the 6th floor. Dozens of workers jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration, while others burned alive. What sweeping safety reforms were prompted by the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925)

O'Conner was an American writer, considered a master of the short story form and the Southern Gothic style. In stories that reflect her strong Catholic faith, her often grotesque characters are placed in extreme situations that impel them toward redemption. O'Conner spent most of her life on her mother's farm in Georgia, where she died of lupus at the age of 39. When she was just six years old, she became a minor celebrity for teaching a chicken to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Annunciation of the Lord (2017)

This day celebrates the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary announcing that she was to become the mother of Jesus. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation is commonly called Lady Day. Greek Orthodox Christians refer to this day as the Annunciation of the Theotokos. In Sweden it was called Varfrudagen, "Our Lady's Day." Common pronunciation turned it into Vaffeldagen, or "Waffle Day." This is the source of heart-shaped waffle irons: the waffles commemorate the heart of the Virgin Mary. More...
In the News

Venice's Sinking Slowed but Still Steady

Satellite readings show that Venice is still slowly sinking and is even tilting slightly. In the past century, Venice experienced significant subsidence as a result of groundwater extraction. Stopping the water extraction was thought to have halted the sinking process, but data show that it has simply slowed. The city is now sinking at a rate of about 0.08 in (2 mm) a year. The water level in the Venetian lagoon also rises each year by this amount, and the combined effect is a 0.16 in- (4 mm-) a-year increase in sea level with respect to the land. More...
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