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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
"The latest online activity of Congress members. This site keeps track of members of Congress through Twitter, YouTube, and hundreds of news sources, with clean feeds that are updated every 20 seconds. Search for a zip code, state, or name to find a member. The site also lists Web sites, e-mail addresses, and phone number for members of Congress."
"Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised."
"Reference.com - a free online encyclopedia and information reference. Research articles from Columbia Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Britannica."
U.S. Census Bureau: The Fourth of July 2012
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."
Infoplease: Homework Center
"Infoplease is the world's largest free reference site. Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Almanacs, and Homework Help on English, math, history, geography, science, and social studies."
Arts and Letters Daily
"News, reviews, latest trends, breakthroughs, disputes, and gossip in arts and culture."
Exercise Your Brain
"A great resource page to be knowledgable about the brain."
Library of Congress: Today in History
"Each day an event from American history is illustrated by digitized items from the Library of Congress American Memory historic collections."
"Interviews with the world's top scientists heard, seen or downloaded millions of times each day. The EarthSky broadcast network consists of 1,200+ outlets across the United States and the world."
"Yahoo Answers is a new way to find and share information. You can ask questions on any topic, get answers from real people, and share your insights and experience."
Search Engine Showdown
"Search Engine Showdown, the users' guide to Web searching, compares and evaluates Internet search engines from the searcher's perspective. Developed originally as a way to keep track of search engine features and search capabilities and to share that information with others, the site has grown to include: Search engine features chart; Detailed search engine reviews; An online newsletter; Statistical analysis; Search strategies."
AAA: Daily Fuel Gauge Report
"AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available. Every day more than 100,000 stations are surveyed."
Yahoo News: Opinion News Headlines
"Get the latest opinion news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking opinion news, including analysis and opinion on top opinion stories, photos and more."
"With more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations."
FlightAware: Live Flight Tracking
"FlightAware provides live flight data, airport information, fuel prices, FBO reservations, weather maps, flight planning, and navigation charts, as well as aviation news and photos to over two million users a month via the FlightAware.com web site as well as mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7."
U.S. Census Bureau: American Fact Finder
"American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information."
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
"Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women."
"Biography.com, your source for true stories about notable people. Watch full episodes, read exclusive biographies and discover the unexpected ways you're connected to your favorite celebrities."
CIA: World Factbook
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."
"The best free stuff, free samples, freebies, deals, and coupons. Updated daily, so there's always something fresh."
"Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, house prices, home value estimator, recent sales, maps, race, income, photos, education, crime, weather, houses, etc."
Refdesk: Coupons for Online Shopping
"Refdesk's listing of over 70 websites providing online coupons."
Quizzes Health Center
"Take a quiz and learn a little more about yourself and your health!"
Online Talking Dictionary
"A free online Talking English Pronunciation Dictionary - simply mouse over your entry to hear it pronounced. American and British spellings, with alternative pronunciations. Sounds are fast, clear and completely natural, pre-recorded by native speakers."
Medline Plus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
"Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies."
Encyclopedia of Life
"The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and more are available for all things living in our plant and animal kingdoms."
XE: Exchange Rates
"Get free live currency rates, tools, and analysis using the most accurate data. Other services include XE Trade money transfers, XE Datafeed, and more!"
Zillow: Find House Value
"Find homes for sale, rentals, home values, mortgages, and more. Real estate info for practically every home in the U.S."
HowStuffWorks: How Air Conditioners Work
"Air conditioners make hot weather bearable. Learn about different kinds of air conditioners and check out air conditioner reviews and buying guides."
Infoplease: Foreign Words and Phrases
"English meanings of foreign words and phrases, by Infoplease."
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