Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

cleaver

Definition:(noun) A butcher's knife having a large square blade.
Synonyms:chopper
Usage: Beside this range was a butcher block upon which lay a great cleaver with a keen edge.
Article of the Day

Personal Space

Though personal space boundaries vary somewhat in different cultures, coming within about 3 feet (1 m) of a stranger is generally viewed as socially unacceptable. Intrusions into the area that an individual psychologically regards as his or her own can prompt strong emotional reactions. To cope in crowded environments, people may avoid acknowledging each other. Such reactions are thought to be governed by the amygdala, a region of the brain. What can happen to a person whose amygdala is damaged? More...
This Day in History

Boris Godunov Becomes Czar of Russia (1598)

A favorite of Ivan the Terrible, Godunov helped organize Ivan's administrative system. After Ivan's death, Boris became virtual ruler of Russia, ostensibly as regent for Ivan's son Feodor I, who was married to Boris's sister. Boris was widely believed to have ordered the murder of Feodor's younger brother and heir, Dmitri, to secure succession for himself. Upon Feodor's death, a ruling class assembly chose Boris as czar. What happened to Boris' son and successor, Feodor II? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (1844)

Soubirous was a French peasant girl who claimed to see the Virgin Mary in apparitions at a grotto near Lourdes, her home, in 1858. The authorities, skeptical of her visions, subjected her to severe examinations. After years of scrutiny, she was allowed to enter the convent of Notre-Dame de Nevers, where she remained in seclusion until her death at 35. The grotto at Lourdes is now a pilgrimage site, and its waters are reputed to have healing powers. How many pilgrims visit Lourdes each year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Cambodia Victory Day

This national holiday is also called Victory over Genocide Day and Nation Day. It marks the day in 1979 that Vietnamese troops entered Cambodia and began an assault that ended the bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge. It is estimated that as many as two million Cambodians were killed during the nearly four years that Pol Pot of the Khmer Rouge ruled the country. Victory Day is celebrated with patriotic speeches by government officials, remembrance services for the victims, as well as cultural displays of the era. More...
In the News

Unique Martian Meteorite Points to Wetter Planet

A two-billion-year old, coal-colored Martian meteorite points to the possibility that life could have existed on Mars. The meteorite, found in the Moroccan desert in 2011, is different from all others that have come from the Red Planet in both texture and chemical composition. One of the main differences is that it contains about 10 times more water than the most water-rich Martian specimens. This indicates that there was a greater abundance of water on Mars at the time, perhaps great enough to have harbored life. More...
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