Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

seeker

Definition:(noun) Someone making a search or inquiry.
Synonyms:quester, searcher
Usage: A seeker of the truth, he never took things at face value.
Article of the Day

The Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics

The Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics in India flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries. Kerala scholars discovered a procedure for determining the position of the Moon every 36 minutes and methods for estimating the movement of the planets. While attempting to solve astronomical problems, the scholars independently created a number of important mathematical concepts, centuries before the invention of calculus in Europe. What was their most important discovery? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Cold Harbor Ends (1864)

Cold Harbor was one of the bloodiest and most lopsided engagements of the US Civil War. As many as 13,000 Union soldiers were killed, injured, or captured in the assault on the fortified Confederate line, whereas the Confederates suffered only a few thousand casualties. After two weeks of battle, Union General Ulysses S. Grant decided he could not justify his losses and ordered a retreat, later expressing regret over the disastrous assault. Whose remains did soldiers discover while entrenching? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Martineau (1802)

A chronically ill woman who lost her hearing in childhood, Martineau nevertheless went on to become a prolific and enormously popular English author. The sister of a minister, she first published articles on religious subjects, but it was her series of books on economics written for the layman that brought her renown. After a visit to the US in 1834, she became an abolition advocate and wrote several critical works on American culture. When she died in 1876, who wrote her obituary? More...
Quotation of the Day
I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone) pegged as (something)

To distinctly regard someone as being a certain type of person. More...
Today's Holiday

Philippines Independence Day (2017)

Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964) declared the Philippines independent on June 12, 1898. But the U.S. acquired the islands in 1899, and it wasn't until July 4, 1946 that they were granted full independence. For many years, Filipinos set aside July 4 to celebrate their independence; in 1962 the date was changed to June 12. Independence Day ceremonies in Manila include a military parade and the pealing of church bells. After the ceremonies are over, Filipinos devote the remainder of the day to recreation. There are games and athletic competitions, fireworks displays, and Independence Day balls. More...
In the News

Teen Invents Doorbell that Can Outwit Burglars

A 13-year-old boy from south London, inspired by his mother's inconvenience at having to go pick up packages at the post office after having missed several delivery attempts, has invented a doorbell that calls the homeowner's cell phone if no one answers the door within eight seconds. This allows the homeowner to speak directly to the visitor over what appears to be a standard intercom and provide direct instructions for things like deliveries. Since the device gives the appearance that someone is at home, it could also deter burglars who often check to see if a house is empty by ringing the doorbell. More...
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