Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

cleave

Definition:(verb) Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.
Synonyms:rive, split
Usage: The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.
Article of the Day

Neopaganism

Neopaganism is an umbrella term for a variety of modern religious movements, particularly those inspired by the pre-Christian traditions of the Egyptians, Greeks, Norse, and Celts. Neopagans fall into two broad categories, nature-oriented and magical groups, and often engage in arcane and elaborate rituals. Two of the movement's most influential thinkers were Alphonse L. Constant and Gerard Encausse, who helped popularize the movement in the 19th century. What is the largest Neopagan religion? More...
This Day in History

Supernova 1604 First Observed (1604)

A supernova is a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. The last supernova to be observed in the Milky Way was seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler and was used by Galileo, at his trial, as evidence against the presupposition that the universe never changes. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky. How far from Earth was this supernova? More...
Today's Birthday

Guillermo del Toro (1964)

Del Toro is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican filmmaker whose films often explore the darker elements of fantasy and reflect his fascination with "insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things." His most acclaimed films to date, Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, both feature children living under authoritarian rule while facing frightening supernatural entities and have been compared with what film, considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s? More...
Quotation of the Day
The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen of either.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Leif Erikson Day (2015)

Some historians believe that the viking explorer Leif Ericson landed in North America 488 years before Columbus sailed into the New World. Members of the Leif Erikson Association chose October 9 to commemorate this event because the first Norwegian emigrants landed in America on October 9, 1825. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed this as Leif Erikson Day. States with large Norwegian-American populations often hold observances on this day, as do members of the Sons of Norway, the Leif Erikson Society, and other Norwegian-American organizations. More...
In the News

One in 10 Parents Delays Kids' Vaccines

According to a US survey, more than 10 percent of parents alter the vaccination schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by delaying or refusing certain vaccines for their young children. About two percent of US parents refuse to have their children vaccinated at all. Despite a lack of evidence regarding the safety or effectiveness of delaying or eliminating certain vaccines in young children, many parents who elect to do so cite safety concerns. Public health officials, meanwhile, are worried about the risk of illness in unvaccinated children and the possibility of outbreaks among this population. More...
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