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- Samuel Johnson
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What's a Dollar Worth?
This site by the Federal Bank of Minneapolis presents a consumer price index calculator. What would an item or service purchased in 2006 be worth in 19?? dollars? Enter years as 4 digits (1913 through 2006). Enter dollar amount without commas or $ sign in box on first line. Click Calculate button to compute dollar amount shown on second line. Related site: Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator.
There are over 6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 300 are represented by on-line dictionaries as of May 11, 2004. This site by yourDictionary.com presents its currently list. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, this site contains one of the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web.
Consumer Price Index
Authoritative site by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English
This site by yourDictionary.com, provides a list of the 100 words most often misspelled in the English language with the correct spellings and explanations where applicable.
Firefox, is the award-winning, free Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence, Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups. Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started. Download Firefox now and get the most out of the Web.
Google Maps: Street View
Street View gives you navigable 360-degree street-level imagery in Google Maps for selected cities. You can see images for a spot and take virtual walks along that street. So when you're trying to find the perfect outdoor cafe for lunch with friends or want a glimpse of the neighborhood you're considering moving to, use Google Maps to see what the spot actually looks like, as if you were right there in person. Currently Street View imagery is available for the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver with more U.S. cities coming soon.
Business portal for executives created by a busy executive.
Senior Citizens' Resources: USA.gov
Browse USA.gov to get a feel for the hundreds of topics and links on our one-stop site for online services and information on taxes, Social Security, passports and much more, including services near where you live. You'll also find a Reference Section with government news releases, forms, publications, statistics, laws and regulations, plus links to Government Podcasts and RSS Feeds.
National Park Service
The National Park Service home page allows each of the country's 390 NPS units to be searched by name, location, topic, or activity. Each park's expanded website contains park trivia, updated information, and enhanced multimedia including video and graphics. Several parks have live web cams constantly displaying significant features such as the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State website you are now using.
U.S. Naval Observatory: Data Services
This U.S. Naval Observatory resource provides information on many types of astronomical phenomena, including: moon phases, sun and moon positions, eclipses, date of Easter, the Earth's seasons, Julian calendar date conversion and information on sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and twilight times, and more.
Home Improvement Encyclopedia
Your step-by-step guide to home repair and maintenance. This site by Better Homes and Gardens presents topics from Deck Planning to Woodworking and Finishes.
Find Utopia: Discover the Best Place to Live
If you're thinking of making a change in your life, then you've found the right place. This is a website that helps you explore a variety of relocation destinations. With the resources provided here you can discover your options and find your best place to live. It's designed for people of all ages regardless of their stage of life.
United States Postal Service: Hold Mail
Whether you are on vacation or an unexpected business trip you can rest easy knowing your mail is safely held for you at your local Post Office. This online service will electronically notify your local Post Office to hold your mail. For same day service, online requests must be submitted by 2AM CST Monday - Saturday. Mail can be held from 3 to 30 days. The Post Office will resume normal delivery of your mail on the date you specify. Online access to request this service is currently limited to certain ZIP Codes.
Computers Decision Guide
Meaningful differences in speed between desktops and laptops have largely disappeared. But each design has its own advantages and trade-offs. This Consumer Reports web site provides the essential information you will need to find the computer that's right for you.
The Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential building. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Father's Day: June 17, 2007
The idea of Father's Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration - June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian helps answer frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology.
Library of Congress Information Bulletin
The Library of Congress Information Bulletin is distributed free of charge domestically as well as overseas to members of Congress; public, academic and research institutions; learned societies and allied organizations; and to the more than 1,000 depository libraries in the United States.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcasts
Johns Hopkins Medicine is pleased to announce its new health and medicine podcast, a lively discussion of the week's medical news and how it may affect you. This five to seven-minute free program features Rick Lange, M.D., chief of clinical cardiology, and Elizabeth Tracey, director of the Hopkins Health NewsFeed, a radio news service program.
National Geographic: The Genographic Project
The National Geographic Society, IBM, geneticist Spencer Wells, and the Waitt Family Foundation have launched the Genographic Project, a five-year effort to understand the human journey - where we came from and how we got to where we live today. This unprecedented effort will map humanity's genetic journey through the ages.
What's causing your foot pain? Why does your child's throat hurt? And what should you do about it? Use this Mayo Clinic guide to discover the most common causes of the most common symptoms.
Atlas of the Body
This site by the American Medical Association presents an atlas of the human body.
How to Deal with Medical Emergencies
Review this topic before you need it. Then, when you are faced with an emergency or injury, you will know where to turn. Your confidence in dealing with both major and minor emergencies will be reassuring to an injured person. Site by WebMD. Note: This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Google U.S. Government Search
Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box.
The New York Times Newsroom Navigator
For more than 10 years, the Newsroom Navigator has been used by New York Times reporters and editors as the starting point for their forays onto the Web. Its primary intent is to give the news staff a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around to find a useful set of links of their own. The list is by its nature highly selective and constantly changing. Suggestions are always welcome.
How Spam Works
You block it, you filter it, you unsubscribe from lists you actually want to be on, and still it lands in your inbox. Where does all of this spam e-mail (also known as "unsolicited commercial e-mail") come from? Why is there so much of it? Is there any way to stop it? This HowStuffWorks article answers these questions and many others about spam.
AOL Online Learning Center
Welcome to the online learning center from AOL Research & Learn. Our online learning center is a research database and reference center built for you. Use our reference tools, find homework help, and research college information easily and quickly. If you are looking for information on genealogy research, history or space - turn to AOL Research & Learn for the information you need.
MapMachine Student Edition
More than just maps, MapMachine Student Edition also has photos, facts, and fun. Here you can find the place you're looking for - or get lost in the cultures, sights, and sounds of the world. Site by National Geographic Society.
Synoptic Map of Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters -1980-2005
The National Climatic Data Center is the 'Nation's Scorekeeper' in terms of addressing severe weather events in their historical perspective. As part of its responsibility of monitoring and assessing the climate, NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. This web page/report describes those events that have had the greatest economic impact since 1980.
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