Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

blather

Definition:(verb) To talk foolishly.
Synonyms:smatter, babble
Usage: Patrick, oblivious to his sister's visible disinterest, continued to blather about the woes of his fantasy baseball team.
Article of the Day

Tektites

Tektites are naturally occurring glass rocks that may have fallen from the sky. Normally jet black to olive green, the small, often aerodynamically shaped objects exist only in limited areas called strewn fields. Tektites are believed to have formed from droplets of molten rock, blasted into the atmosphere by meteorite or asteroid impacts, which then cooled and fell back to Earth. However, there are those who believe that they are in fact the result of meteorite impacts with what celestial body? 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
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Cockroach-Eating Competition Turns Deadly

A Florida pet store's cockroach-eating competition took a gruesome turn when the winner, 32-year-old Edward Archbold, collapsed and died before he could even claim his prize: an $850 python. Experts are puzzled by his death. While taboo in the US, eating cockroaches and other insects, especially those raised in a clean, controlled environment, is generally considered safe. None of the other contest participants got sick. A medical examiner is now investigating Archbold's death and whether an allergic reaction to the bugs could be to blame. More...
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