Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

meditate

Definition:(verb) Reflect deeply on a subject.
Synonyms:mull, muse, ponder, think over, excogitate, ruminate, speculate, contemplate
Usage: I will meditate on the problem and see if I can come up with a solution.
Article of the Day

Roulette

Roulette emerged in late 18th-century European casinos and has remained popular with gamblers to this day. In the game, a horizontal wheel is spun and a ball is dropped onto it. Players may bet on which of the wheel's numbered slots the ball will come to rest in, what color the slot will be, and whether the number will be odd or even. Though roulette is ostensibly a game of chance, players have repeatedly tried to improve their odds. How did one engineer exploit the game to win $325,000 in 1873? More...
This Day in History

Pasilalinic-Sympathetic Compass Demonstrated (1851)

French occultist Jacques Toussaint Benoit's pasilalinic-sympathetic compass was a contraption developed based on his belief that when two snails touch, they create a telepathic bond. His "snail telegraph" contained 24 snails, each associated with an individual letter of the alphabet as well as with a snail counterpart in a second device. One could theoretically transmit a message by touching the snails, eliciting reactions from their counterparts. What happened when he demonstrated his device? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798)

The complex and controversial king of Sardinia-Piedmont from 1831 to 1849, Charles Albert helped inspire the growing drive for Italian independence. In 1848, the spread of revolutionary ideas forced him to grant a constitution. Seeking to lead the liberation of Italy, he went to war with Austria that same year, and again in 1849, but was twice defeated. After abdicating in favor of his son, he went into exile and soon died. Charles was called the "number one enemy" of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Today's Holiday

Guardian Angels Day (2015)

As early as the ninth century, a day was set aside to honor angels in general and the archangel Michael in particular. This was September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels or Michaelmas. But some people, believing that a particular angel is assigned to watch over each human being, wanted to honor their own personal protectors or guardian angels. A feast in their honor observed in 16th-century Spain was extended to the whole church by Pope Paul V in 1608, and, in 1672, Pope Clement X set October 2 as the universal day for the festival. More...
In the News

Bystander CPR Initiative Saves Lives

Campaigns encouraging ordinary citizens to learn and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of an emergency can make a difference. Less than 10 years after Denmark began taking steps to increase the number of bystanders stepping in to perform this lifesaving procedure, the percentage of cardiac arrest cases in which a bystander performed CPR had more than doubled and cardiac arrest victims' chances of survival had tripled. The initiative in Denmark included making CPR training mandatory for elementary school students and driver's license recipients, distributing training kits, offering over-the-phone guidance to bystanders, and placing defibrillators in public places. More...
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