Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

exteriorize

Definition:(verb) Make external or objective, or give reality to.
Synonyms:objectify, externalize
Usage: We exteriorize our feelings of grief by erecting monuments to the deceased.
Article of the Day

Jomsvikings

Though their existence is debated due to a lack of records, Jomsvikings are said to have been a selective brotherhood of 10th-century Viking mercenaries with a strict code of conduct. According to accounts, each Jomsviking was expected to defend all others—avenging their deaths if necessary—and could show no fear. Reportedly, a Jomsviking was forbidden to speak ill of his brothers, and all spoils of battle were equally distributed among them. What was the punishment for breaking the rules? 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 Newton also worked out the fundamentals of calculus, though this work went unpublished for more than 30 years.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
Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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

199,000 Disappointed Mars Hopefuls

Are you one of the 1,058 lucky people selected for a possible spot on a one-way trip to Mars? When the call went out for applicants for the Mars One mission, which aims to colonize the Red Planet by 2025, more than 200,000 people responded. There are just 24 spots. Before the final list is drawn up, the shortlisted candidates will have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are both physically and mentally fit enough to endure the challenges of journeying to Mars and establishing a permanent colony there. More...
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