Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

wretch

Definition:(noun) A person pitied for his misfortune.
Synonyms:poor devil
Usage: If the poor wretch waked in the flames and perished, no one cared.
Article of the Day

The Futurist Manifesto

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 1909 Futurist Manifesto glorified the powerful, new technology of the automobile and spawned futurism—an art and literary movement that sought to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age. Futurist artists glorified danger and war. Focused on speeding cars and trains, racing cyclists, and urban crowds, they often depicted several views of an object simultaneously with fragmented planes. What brought about the end of futurism? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Escape from an Aircraft Using the Ejection Seat (1942)

Ejection seats are used in aircraft to quickly propel occupants out in an emergency. Today, they are fired by an explosive charge, but the first ejection seats were powered by compressed air. One of the first aircrafts to be fitted with such a system was the German Heinkel He 280 prototype jet fighter. While testing the He 280 during WWII, pilot Helmut Schenk became the first person to use an ejection seat to make an emergency escape from an aircraft. What went wrong during his test flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoinette Bourignon (1616)

Bourignon was a Flemish Christian mystic. After spending a short time in a convent and as head of an orphanage, she gathered a fanatical following at Amsterdam, believing herself divinely directed to restore the pure spirit of the Gospel. Moving from place to place, she took her printing press with her and disseminated her teachings. Her mystical ideas found particular favor in Scotland, where Bourignianism was declared a heresy. Why did Bourignon flee her home in 1636? More...
Quotation of the Day
From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

hold (one's) water

To be calm or patient; to stop making pressing demands, requests, or solicitations. More...
Today's Holiday

Death of George Fox (2017)

George Fox (1624-1691) was the founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, which he organized in 1650 to protest the overly formal religion of his time. Fox believed that creeds and scriptures were unimportant in religion; all that really counted was the divine light of Christ as it manifested itself in all people. Church was merely a gathering of friends who were guided by the Inner Light and who were thus able to provide guidance for each other. Quakers all over the world observe the anniversary of their founder's death in their meetinghouses. More...
In the News

Lions and Wolves and Bears, Oh My

The majority of the world's large carnivores—among them lions, wolves, and bears—are in decline, and we are already feeling the effects of this shift. In many areas, the loss of these predators has allowed species that were their prey, such as elk, deer, and baboons, to thrive. The unchecked growth of these animals' populations threatens crops, damages vegetation, and disrupts the lives of birds and small mammals. However, we need not despair just yet, as ecosystems tend to respond well when large carnivores are reintroduced to an area. More...
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