Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

debacle

Definition:(noun) A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
Synonyms:fiasco
Usage: The team had had high hopes before the debacle of their final game, in which they did not manage to score any points.
Article of the Day

Hadith

Hadith is the collection of the traditions of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. Hadith consists of two branches, the first concerned with the validation of the individual traditions through the process of examination of its chain of transmitters back to the Prophet, and the second concentrating on the actual content of the traditions as a source of religious authority. What are the differences between the Hadith accepted by Sunni Muslims and that accepted by Shiite Muslims? 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
Once victim, always victim—that's the law!

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2016)

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

Seismologists to Study Shakes at Seattle Stadium Today

Scientists from the University of Washington will be closely monitoring today's football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers using earthquake detection equipment to study the effects of the crowd's movement. The seismologists first took notice when Seahawks fans at a 2011 playoff game produced a low magnitude earthquake recorded by a nearby monitoring station. For Saturday's game, the research team has installed instruments in the stands and near the playing field as part of an experiment to develop an earthquake early warning system. More...
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