Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 31, 2013)
Word of the Day

warmonger

Definition:(noun) A person who advocates war or warlike policies.
Synonyms:militarist
Usage: After a fiery speech in which he called for the destruction of his nation's enemies, the dictator was denounced by the international community as a dangerous warmonger.
Article of the Day

Master of the Playing Cards

The Master of the Playing Cards lived in Germany in the mid-1400s and is today recognized as the first great printmaking expert. Unusually, he was likely an artist as well as an engraver, and he possessed a distinctive artistic style. Attempts to identify him have failed. He is noted for a set of playing cards that feature finely detailed, realistic illustrations. The cards are organized into five suits, which differ entirely from the four suits used in playing cards today. What were they? More...
This Day in History

UNIVAC Computer Delivered to the US Census Bureau (1951)

By 1870, the US population was so large that hand-counting the census was no longer feasible. Despite the invention of a counting machine, by the time the 1880 census was tabulated, it was almost 1890. Dealing with so much data remained a problem until the late 1940s, when the Census Bureau commissioned the first civilian computer. In 1951, it was used to count part of the 1950 census and was so successful that the bureau bought another. What presidential election did UNIVAC correctly predict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Johnson (1878)

The son of two ex-slaves, Johnson was the world's first African-American heavyweight champion. At the height of his career, Johnson was excoriated by the press for having twice married white women, and he offended white supremacists by defeating former champion James J. Jeffries, the "Great White Hope." In 1912, Johnson was convicted under the Mann Act for transporting his wife-to-be across state lines. Sentenced to a year in prison, he fled the country. What happened when he returned? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was on one of those mornings, common in early spring, when the year, fickle and changeable in its youth like all other created things, is undecided whether to step backward into winter or forward into summer.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

be losing it

To start becoming crazy, insane, or mentally unstable. More...
Today's Holiday

First Monday Trade Days (2017)

The First Monday Trade Days are a trading bazaar that each month brings 100-300,000 people to the small town of Canton, Texas. This legendary affair in northern Texas has its origins in the 1850s when the circuit court judge came to Canton on the first Monday of the month to conduct court proceedings. Farmers from the area would gather to sell or trade horses, conduct other business in town, and watch the occasional hanging. Now the flea market starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend before the first Monday, offering merchandise and food at more than 3,000 exhibition stalls. More...
In the News

Shoppers: Wal-Mart's Innovative Delivery Solution

Wal-Mart executives are considering an interesting new way to make their business more competitive: get shoppers to deliver online orders. The hope is that such a system would cut shipping times and enable the retailer to better compete with e-commerce giant Amazon. To incentivize participation, Wal-Mart intends to offer discounts to shoppers who agree to make deliveries along their route home from the store. Before rolling out the program, however, Wal-Mart will have to address the various legal, regulatory, and privacy issues it raises. More...
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