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

Launch of Apollo 7 (1968)

In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy committed the US to the goal of landing astronauts on the Moon and bringing them safely back to Earth by the end of the decade. The resulting Apollo program is said to have been the largest scientific and technological undertaking in history. The project's first successful manned mission was Apollo 7, which paved the way for the Moon landing less than a year later. What caused tension between the flight crew and mission control during Apollo 7? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Clarke (1675)

Clarke was an English philosopher and clergyman who advocated the theories of Isaac Newton. Clarke maintained that ethical law is as constant as mathematical law. His published works include many translations, lectures, sermons, and commentaries. In 1717, his correspondence with German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz was published. In it, he argues with Leibniz in defense of the existence of absolute space—physical space independent of what occupies it. Why did their discussion abruptly end? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have a good name (somewhere or in something)

To have a respected reputation (in something or some place). More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Kippur (2016)

Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, and the last of the 10 High Holy Days. On this day, Jews acknowledge transgressions, repent through confession, then make atonement to God to obtain his forgiveness, with the hope of being inscribed in the Book of Life. Yom Kippur is a strict day of fasting— not even water may be taken from sundown to sundown. It is also a day of reconciliation for those who have done each other harm during the past year. It is the only fast day that is not postponed if it falls on the Sabbath. 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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