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

Pony Express Announces Its Closure (1861)

At its inception in 1860, the Pony Express operated between St. Joseph, Missouri—the western end of a telegraph line—and Sacramento, California. Changing horses at stations roughly 10–15 miles (16–24 km) apart, riders carried the mail a distance of 1,800 miles (2,900 km) in about eight days, often traveling through hostile Native American territory. Though it provided an important mail link with the West, it was a financial failure, and the Pony Express announced its closure two days after what? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles William Post (1854)

Post was an American breakfast cereal manufacturer. In the 1880s, while being treated by John H. Kellogg at a health sanitarium, he developed an interest in producing healthful foods like those served by Kellogg. In 1891, he established La Vita Inn, an institute for healing by mental suggestion. After experimenting with breakfast foods, he invented Postum, a coffee substitute after which he named his company, Postum Cereal Co., the precursor to General Foods Corp. What cereals did Post invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
To live was then in itself a delight, because living implied seeing.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Today's Holiday

Austria National Day (2015)

National Day commemorates the day in 1955 when Soviet occupation forces left Austria after taking control in 1945. The Austrian State Treaty of May 15, 1955, ensured that Austrians would regain sovereignty over their country on July 27. By October 26, it was once again a free, independent country. Although it is a national holiday in Austria, people do not get the day off from school or work, mainly because of the idea that one's country is best served by working. Schools hold special presentations, and the president delivers a speech. 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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