Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

louver

Definition:(noun) One of a set of parallel slats in a door or window to admit air and reject rain.
Synonyms:fin
Usage: Rain will continue slipping through that broken louver until we fix it.
Article of the Day

The Taiga

Comprising about a third of the world's forest land, the taiga is a vast belt of coniferous forest stretching across northern Eurasia and North America. Bounded by the treeless tundra to the north, it has a short annual growing season and long, harsh winters. Soil in the taiga is poor, and swampy areas form in the spring. Only hardy cereals and roots, such as potatoes and barley, can be cultivated there. Still, it is a major source of lumber. What adaptations help plants and animals live there? More...
This Day in History

Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle, Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus's surface and measuring the planet's gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus's tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan's images reveal about the planet? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Nestlé (1814)

Born in Germany, Nestlé was the 11th of 14 children—only half of whom survived to adulthood. After apprenticing to a pharmacist in the 1830s, he began to work on an infant food that could serve as a substitute for breast milk for struggling babies. Combining milk, flour, and sugar, he created the first commercial infant formula and founded what is today the largest processed foods company in the world. The Nestlé company logo is derived from the family coat of arms, which includes what image? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a knee-slapper

A hilarious joke, especially one that evokes loud and prolonged laughter. More...
Today's Holiday

Baby Parade (2017)

Started in 1901, the Baby Parade that takes place along the boardwalk at the seaside resort of Ocean City on the second Thursday in August each year allows children up to the age of 10 to participate and compete for prizes. The children are reviewed by the judges as they walk or wheel along the boardwalk from Sixth Street to Twelfth Street, and every child who enters receives a sterling silver identification bracelet. Cash prizes are given to the best entry in each division. More than 50,000 spectators are drawn to the Ocean City Baby Parade each year. More...
In the News

First US Agent Orange Cleanup Underway in Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, US forces sprayed millions of gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange onto Vietnam's forests and crops in an effort to destroy cover for enemy movements as well as food sources. In the decades since, exposure to the herbicide has been blamed for an abnormally high incidence of miscarriages, skin diseases, cancers, birth defects, and deformities among Vietnamese. For the first time since the war ended in 1975, the US is working directly to clean up the contamination, embarking on a four-year project to decontaminate 73,000 cubic meters of soil at Danang International Airport. More...
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