Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

hillock

Definition:(noun) A small natural hill.
Synonyms:knoll, mound, hammock
Usage: Umbopa pointed out to us a slight and indistinct hillock on the flat surface of the plain about eight miles away.
Article of the Day

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia was an Alexandrian Neoplatonic philosopher and mathematician renowned for her learning, eloquence, and beauty. She became head of Alexandria's Platonist school in about 400 CE, lecturing there on mathematics and philosophy. Several works are attributed to her by later sources, including commentaries on Ptolemy's works, but none have survived. Her murder, the subject of many conspiracy theories, was a brutal event. How did religion factor into Hypatia's lynching? More...
This Day in History

Mother Teresa Beatified (2003)

Born Agnes Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was an Albanian Roman Catholic missionary famous for her work among the poor in India. She first went to India at 17, becoming a nun and teaching school in Calcutta. In 1948, she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. What would be needed for her to be declared a saint? More...
Today's Birthday

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown (1876)

Nicknamed "Three Finger" by the press because a farming accident in his youth cost him parts of two fingers on his right hand, Brown was one of the top Major League Baseball pitchers at the turn of the 20th century. He used his injury to his advantage, developing a unique grip on the ball that produced an unusual amount of spin, baffling batters. Over the course of his major league career, Brown won 239 games and lost just 130. With what team did he win two World Series championships? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2015)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
In the News

Have Scientists Discovered an Alien Civilization? Not So Fast

Could new findings around a distant star point to an advanced alien civilization? While it's a possibility that some scientists are considering, the chances are very high that we haven't stumbled upon extraterrestrials. Researchers might be striking a ... More...
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