Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 29, 2020)
Word of the Day

hypothecate

Definition:(verb) To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds.
Synonyms:conjecture, speculate, theorize, suppose
Usage: Dr. Jones was quick to hypothecate that the unexpected chemical reaction was the result of student tampering, even though no one had been seen messing around with his equipment.
Article of the Day

The Theory of Everything

In physics, there are four fundamental forces—gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak. Each plays a vital role in how the universe works. For example, the strong force is what holds atoms together. For years, physicists have sought a single theory that explains how all the forces work together: the theory of everything. Even on his deathbed, Einstein was working on this problem. Some believe no solution exists. What notable physicist once believed it was possible, then changed his mind? More...
This Day in History

Delta and Northwest Merge to Form World's Largest Airline (2008)

Founded as an aerial crop dusting operation in Georgia, Delta became the world's largest commercial air carrier more than 80 years after its inception when it merged with Northwest Airlines. The consolidation process was completed by January 31, 2010. Today, Delta has approximately 75,000 employees, and its headquarters in Atlanta includes the world's largest connecting hub. In 2007, Delta began a comprehensive recycling program. By 2010, how many acres of airplane carpet had it recycled? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill Mauldin (1921)

After joining the US Army as an infantryman in 1940, Mauldin began sketching cartoons about enlisted life. In 1944, he began producing his cartoons full time for the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of two cynical and unkempt American soldiers, Willie and Joe, made Mauldin a hero to American soldiers in World War II. Later, Mauldin became a political cartoonist for civilian papers. What fate had Mauldin intended for Willie and Joe at the end of the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Today's Holiday

Punky Night (2020)

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More...
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