Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

intermit

Definition:(verb) Cease an action temporarily.
Synonyms:pause, break
Usage: Pray to the gods to intermit the plague.
Article of the Day

The Sistrum

The sistrum is a percussion instrument that functions much like a tambourine. Often made of metal, it consists of a handle and a U-shaped frame run through with thin, loosely set crossbars. The crossbars can have little metal rings or loops on them, and when the sistrum is shaken, the crossbars and loops jangle. The sistrum was used in ancient Sumer, Rome, and Egypt, and some Egyptian goddesses were depicted holding the instrument. What churches still use the sistrum in religious services? More...
This Day in History

Enron CFO Andrew Fastow Indicted for Fraud (2002)

In 2000, natural gas and electricity trading giant Enron was the seventh largest corporation in the US. In 2001, it became the largest bankruptcy and stock collapse in US history at the time, devastating the pensions of some 20,000 employees. Fastow, Enron's chief financial officer, was one of more than 20 people who were ultimately convicted of or pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy, and other crimes related to deceptive accounting practices. How long is Fastow's prison sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

John Keats (1795)

Considered one of the greatest English poets, Keats worked as a surgeon's apprentice before devoting himself entirely to poetry at age 21. During a few intense months in 1819, he produced many of his greatest works, including "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode to a Nightingale," and "To Autumn." His Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems is perhaps the greatest single volume of poetry published in England in the 19th century. Tragically, Keats died at just 25 from what disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
By indignities men come to dignities.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Guavaween (2015)

Guavaween is a parade and block party with a Latin flavor in Ybor City, a two-square-mile area in Tampa, Florida. The "guava" stands for the tropical American fruit, while the "ween" alludes to the festival's resemblance to Halloween, also observed around this time of year. The parade, with 20 to 50 bands, is led by a woman portraying the mythical "Mama Guava" doing the "Mama Guava Stumble." Many paraders wear costumes lampooning national figures. After the early evening parade, there is partying until the wee hours. More...
In the News

SpaceX Success Milestone for Commercial Spaceflight

The first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has ended with the unmanned space capsule's successful reentry and splashdown, marking a major milestone in the privatization of spaceflight. This was the first of 12 missions California-based company SpaceX is contracted to carry out for NASA, which retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011. The Dragon capsule delivered about 1,000 lb (450 kg) of cargo to the ISS and brought back broken machinery and medical samples collected from the astronauts aboard the station over the past year. More...
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