Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

transmigrate

Definition:(verb) Be born anew in another body after death.
Synonyms:reincarnate
Usage: Oh, if our souls could transmigrate I'd be a seamew above all birds that fly.
Article of the Day

Siberia

Siberia is a vast region stretching from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and from the Arctic Ocean to central Kazakhstan and the borders of China and Mongolia. The area was annexed by Russia in stages during the 16th and 17th centuries, when it came to be used as a place of exile for political prisoners. It was settled after the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1905 and developed for its mineral resources after World War II. What record low temperature was recorded in Siberia? More...
This Day in History

Sofia Liberated from Ottoman Rule (1878)

Sofia was established as a Thracian settlement around the 8th century BCE and has since developed into a major world city and the capital of Bulgaria, due in part to its central position in the Balkans. Today it is home to attractions like the 6th century Church of St. Sofia and 15th century Banya Bashi mosque. During its long history, the city passed through the hands of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. After nearly 500 years of Turkish rule, Sofia was liberated by what country? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Isaac Newton (1643)

Widely considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. His most famous publication, Principia Mathematica, regarded as the seminal work of modern science, includes his works on the laws of motion, tidal theory, and the theory of universal gravitation. Newton also worked out the fundamentals of calculus, though this work went unpublished for more than 30 years. How might Newton's study of alchemy have influenced his theory of gravity? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (2016)

The first native-born American to be declared a saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) was canonized in 1975. She was the founder of the first religious community for women in the US, the American Sisters of Charity, and was responsible for laying the foundations of the American Catholic school system. Special services commemorating Elizabeth Ann Seton's death on January 4, 1821, are held at the Chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the headquarters for her order of nuns. More...
In the News

Facebook, Not Google, Most Visited Site of 2010

In both 2008 and 2009, Google.com was ranked the most visited website in the US; but according to Hitwise, in 2010, Facebook claimed that title. Between January and November of 2010, the social network site received 8.9 percent of unique online visits in the US. Google.com, by comparison, received only 7.2 percent. However, if all of Google's properties, like YouTube and email, are assessed together, the company reclaims the top spot with 9.9 percent of all visits. No matter how the numbers are broken down, though, one thing remains clear—Facebook has become a force to be reckoned with on the Internet. More...
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