Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

light-minded

Definition:(adjective) Showing inappropriate levity.
Synonyms:flippant
Usage: The light-minded woman had been discovering good matches for her daughter almost from the year of her birth.
Article of the Day

Charles Peace

Peace was a notorious mid-19th-century English burglar and murderer whose life spawned many romanticized works of fiction, including dozens of novels and films and even a comic strip. After stints in prison and a criminal career spanning decades, Peace was finally captured and imprisoned on charges of burglary and the attempted murder of a police officer. He was then tried for a past murder and was sentenced to death. Peace is mentioned by name in what Sherlock Holmes short story? More...
This Day in History

The Morant Bay Rebellion (1865)

Jamaica was once a leading sugar producer, but the 1833 abolition of slavery there along with unfavorable British tax reforms led to the industry's decline. The resulting economic hardship was one of the prime motives behind the Morant Bay rebellion, which began as a gathering of several hundred black protesters but became a violent riot after a volunteer militia fired upon them. The British ruthlessly quelled the uprising and forced the legislature to surrender its powers, making Jamaica what? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)

Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of US president Theodore Roosevelt, was an active worker in social causes before she married future US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905. When her husband was stricken with polio in 1921, she took a more active interest in public issues in order to restore his links with the world of politics, playing a leading role in humanitarian causes such as child welfare, equal rights, and social reforms. How was she related to her husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Círio de Nazaré (2015)

The Brazilian festival known as the Círio de Nazaré is a great "Candle Procession," which attracts pilgrims from all over the country. It has been celebrated since the late 18th century. It traditionally takes place on the second Sunday in October and winds through the city of Belém, Pará, on its way to the Nazaré Basilica. A statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is carried on a wooden framework pulled by thousands of people as payment for prayers that have been answered by the saint. To people in Pará, this festival is on a par with Christmas, with much feasting and exchanging of gifts. More...
In the News

Mind over Matter

The high-five that Tim Hemmes gave his girlfriend last month was noteworthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, Hemmes is a quadriplegic, and secondly, the arm he used was not his own but was a robotic arm he controlled with his mind. About a month earlier, a chip had been implanted on the surface of his brain's motor cortex, allowing him to control the robotic arm with his thoughts. Because of the experimental nature of the chip used, it was removed after just a month. However, thanks to Hemmes's success, researchers hope to begin yearlong experiments soon. More...
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