Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

confection

Definition:(noun) A food rich in sugar.
Synonyms:sweet
Usage: One of the perks of working in a candy shop is getting to try all the new confections.
Article of the Day

Color Blindness

People with color blindness are not blind in the most common sense of the word; their condition can perhaps be more accurately described as a color vision deficiency. Those who suffer from it tend to see colors in a limited range of hues—most commonly they are unable to distinguish red and green—while a rare few may not see colors at all. The condition is often genetic, but it can also be acquired through eye disease. When did the scientific community first acknowledge color blindness? More...
This Day in History

First Great Texas Oil Gusher Discovered at Spindletop (1901)

In 1892, a company was formed in Texas to investigate long-held suspicions that oil might be under an area known as Spindletop Hill. After nine years of exploratory drilling, oil was struck at a depth of 1,139 ft (347 m), resulting in the "Lucas Gusher," which blew oil more than 150 ft (46 m) in the air. The well produced an estimated 100,000 barrels per day, marking what many consider the birth of the modern petroleum industry. What now well-known companies were involved in the find? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Austria (1480)

Daughter of Emperor Maximilian I, Margaret was a Hapsburg princess and regent of the Netherlands. When she was three, she was betrothed to French dauphin and future King Charles VIII, who later renounced the agreement and married Anne of Brittany. In 1497, she married John of Spain—son of Ferdinand and Isabella—but he died later that year. In 1501, she married Philibert of Savoy; he died in 1504. In 1507, she was made regent of the Netherlands and guardian of what future Holy Roman Emperor? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day

Vodoun is an ancient African pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

Pakistani Teen Dies Protecting Friends from Suicide Bomber

A 15-year-old Pakistani boy is being hailed a hero after laying down his life to save his schoolmates. Nearly 2,000 students were gathered for their morning assembly at the Ibrahimzai School in the Hangu district of northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when a suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform attempted to infiltrate the school grounds. Realizing the danger, ninth-grader Aitzaz Hasan tackled the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing himself and the brave teen. Were it not for Hasan's quick thinking and selfless actions, many more lives would have likely been lost. More...
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