Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

overextend

Definition:(verb) Strain excessively.
Synonyms:overstrain
Usage: He overextended himself when he accepted the additional assignment and ultimately had to tell his boss that he would not be able to complete it by the deadline.
Article of the Day

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. After beginning publication of Sweden's first scientific journal, he gradually shifted toward philosophy of nature and metaphysics, believing that the universe had a basically spiritual structure. In 1744, he claimed to have had a vision of Christ, and afterward spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions. What was Swedenborg said to have predicted through a purported psychic ability? More...
This Day in History

Erie Canal Opens (1825)

The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies. Commercial traffic on the canal has since dwindled, and it is now used mainly for what purpose? More...
Today's Birthday

François Mitterrand (1916)

Initially a supporter of the Vichy government during World War II, Mitterrand joined the Resistance in 1943. After the war, he held cabinet posts in 11 Fourth Republic governments. He ran unsuccessfully against Charles de Gaulle's government in 1965 but was elected president in 1981 and 1988, after which he strongly promoted European integration. Mitterrand retired in 1995, having served longer than any other French president. Who succeeded him as president of France? More...
Quotation of the Day
To live was then in itself a delight, because living implied seeing.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) on

To be busy or engaged with something; to have plans to do something at a particular point in time. More...
Today's Holiday

Rama Ekadashi (2016)

Ekadashi is the Hindi word for "eleventh." Hindus observe 24 11th-day fasts during the course of the Hindu year, although some are more important than others. Each Ekadashi is held in honor of a different Hindu legend and has specific religious duties associated with it. Eating rice, however, is prohibited on all Ekadashi. According to legend, a demon was born of the sweat that fell from Brahma's head on this day, and Brahma instructed it to inhabit the rice grains eaten by people on Ekadashi and to turn into worms in their stomachs. More...
In the News

Newborn, Mom, and Grandmother Pulled from Rubble in Turkey

The death toll from Sunday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Turkey has risen to more than 400, but on Tuesday, rescuers felt a renewed sense of hope as they freed a two-week-old baby, her mother, and grandmother from the rubble of their apartment building and brought them to safety. More than 2,000 buildings were damaged in the quake, and rescuers have been working frantically and in near-freezing temperatures to locate and free survivors. Still, with each passing hour, the situation becomes increasingly desperate and the likelihood of finding survivors wanes. More...
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