Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

cornucopia

Definition:(noun) The property of being extremely abundant.
Synonyms:profuseness, richness
Usage: The cornucopia of job opportunities overwhelmed the immigrants, who had come from a town with only one employer.
Article of the Day

The St. Augustine Monster

When a large carcass washed ashore on the coast near St. Augustine, Florida, tales of the "St. Augustine Monster" were born. Two boys on bicycles first spotted the carcass on the evening of November 30, 1896, and reported their discovery to local physician DeWitt Webb. Webb determined that the carcass was at least 18 feet (5 m) long and estimated its weight at nearly 5 tons, if not more. Webb believed it was the remains of a giant octopus, but what has more recent analysis concluded? More...
This Day in History

After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

adrenaline junkie

One who constantly seeks out the sudden increase of energy associated with dangerous activities, similar to the way drug addicts seek out the "high" achieved by drug use. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent's Day

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More...
In the News

Photographs Suggest Systematic Torture and Executions by Syrian Regime

Purported photographic evidence of the systematic torture and killing of thousands of Syrian detainees is giving further credence to allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the Assad regime. Approximately 55,000 digital images were smuggled out of the country by a military police photographer, who claims to have been the cameraman for about half of the photographs. The images depict some 11,000 dead detainees, many of whose bodies show evidence of torture—starvation, strangulation, electrocution, beating, and other cruel treatment. More...
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