Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

gleeful

Definition:(adjective) Full of high-spirited delight.
Synonyms:elated, joyful, jubilant
Usage: As he spoke his boyish face was wreathed in a gleeful smile, and his voice had an exultant ring.
Article of the Day

Sanctuary Lamps

In Christianity, a sanctuary lamp is a flame or lamp, usually red, placed in a prominent position in the sanctuary of a church. When lit, it indicates the presence of the Blessed Sacrament—the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. In Judaism, the sanctuary lamp is known by its Hebrew name, ner tamid, which means "eternal light" or "eternal flame." In a synagogue or temple, the ner tamid hangs above the ark containing the Torah scrolls and is never allowed to go out. How is this achieved? More...
This Day in History

Horace Walpole Coins the Word "Serendipity" (1754)

Defined as the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident, the word "serendipity" was first coined in 1754 by English author Horace Walpole in one of his more than 3,000 letters. In it, he explains that the root of his new word is taken from "The Three Princes of Serendip," a Persian fairytale about princes who "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of." Who was the recipient of Walpole's letter introducing "serendipity"? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz (1890)

Stroud was a convicted murderer serving time in prison when he came across some injured sparrows in the Leavenworth prison yard. He kept the birds and soon began raising canaries, which he could sell for supplies and to help support his mother. Using equipment furnished by a new warden, Stroud created an aviary and became an expert in avian pathology, writing two books on the subject and developing a cure for hemorrhagic septicemia. How much of his sentence was spent in solitary confinement? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over nature.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

cat's pajamas

Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

NASA Day of Remembrance (2016)

NASA established the Day of Remembrance to honor those who have died in America's space program. The day focuses on those who died in three NASA space tragedies: the Apollo 1 fire on January 27, 1967; the Shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986; and the Shuttle Columbia tragedy of February 1, 2003. The day also remembers NASA employees who died in training and maintenance accidents. NASA observes the day with a roll call of all those who have died; at Cape Canaveral in Florida, a moment of silence is observed at noon. More...
In the News

Long Days at Office Double Depression Risk

Longer workdays appear to significantly increase depression risk, particularly for junior and mid-level employees. A study of British civil servants finds that those who average at least 11 hours a day at the office are about two and a half times more likely to develop depression than those who work an average of seven to eight hours. The findings are consistent with previous research on overtime and depression; however, experts are surprised by the extent to which depression risk is increased. More...
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