Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

drowse

Definition:(verb) Sleep lightly or for a short period of time.
Synonyms:doze, snooze
Usage: Through one after another of those gray days Alexander drowsed and mused, drinking in the grateful moisture.
Article of the Day

Funiculars

A funicular is a steep passenger railway whose cars are pulled by cables, often up the side of a mountain. Funiculars usually have two counterbalanced cars, so that as one ascends, the other descends. The funicular must therefore have at least one section of track where the cars can pass each other. Such railways are found around the world. Some are scenic attractions, while others are used in public transport. Which funicular was repeatedly destroyed by the volcano upon which it was built? More...
This Day in History

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 Crashes in the Andes (1972)

While carrying a Uruguayan rugby team to a match in Chile, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed high in the Andes. Many passengers died in the crash or shortly after; several more were killed in an avalanche. Stranded in the remote mountainous border between Argentina and Chile, the survivors were forced to eat the dead to avoid starvation. Knowing that the search effort had been called off, two of the remaining 16 eventually hiked out and found help. How long was it before they were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Simon (1941)

Simon is an American singer and songwriter who first gained fame as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. Simon first met Art Garfunkel in sixth grade at their public school in Queens, New York. The two began performing together in the 1950s, using the name Tom and Jerry. After a break, they reunited in 1964 as Simon and Garfunkel but split again in 1970, not long after their highly successful album Bridge over Troubled Water was released. What albums did Simon record as a solo artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Connoisseur, n.: A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Cranberry Day Festival (2015)

Wampanoag Indians on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, celebrate Cranberry Day, their most significant annual holiday, on the second Tuesday in October. In earlier times, this festival lasted several days as people harvested the cranberries and used them in festive dishes. These days, children get the day off from school to join the day's activities, which include picking cranberries, a lunchtime bonfire during which stories of previous Cranberry Days and other community legends are told, and a celebration in the evening with dancing, singing, and a huge potluck meal. More...
In the News

Stroke Rate Rising among the Young

Although the overall stroke rate is dropping, the rate of stroke in younger people is increasing. About one in five stroke victims is now below the age of 55. In 1993, just 13 percent of stroke victims fell into this age group. Improved detection techniques could account for some of this shift, but rising risk factors like diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol likely also played a role. Experts say the findings highlight the importance of lowering one's risk by living healthfully and having regular medical checkups. More...
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