Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

oscillate

Definition:(verb) Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action.
Synonyms:hover, vacillate, vibrate
Usage: He continues to oscillate between accepting the prestigious promotion and retiring.
Article of the Day

The Black Army of Hungary

Elected king of Hungary in 1458 after a series of foreign rulers, Matthias Corvinus reigned for 32 years in what became a glorious period in Hungarian history. Matthias won a reputation as a crusader against the Ottomans. He conquered Moravia, Silesia, Lusatia, Vienna, Styria, Carinthia, and Carniola—successes largely due to his establishment of a standing army. Known as the Black Army of Hungary, it consisted of thousands of paid soldiers, including Hungarians as well as mercenaries from where? More...
This Day in History

The Exploding Whale Incident (1970)

In 1970, a 45-ft (14-m), 8-ton sperm whale died after beaching itself near Florence, Oregon. Charged with disposing of the carcass, the Oregon Highway Division decided that half a ton of dynamite would effectively break the whale into pieces small enough for scavengers to clear. The explosion, which launched large chunks of blubber so far that at least one car was damaged, was filmed by a TV crew and became the stuff of legend. Why did a 50-ton whale spontaneously explode in Taiwan in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815)

Stanton was an American reformer and a leader of the women's suffrage movement. In 1840, she married abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton, and they attended the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, where she joined Lucretia Mott in objecting to their exclusion from the assembly. A proponent of legal, political, and industrial equality for women, she later joined forces with Susan B. Anthony in the women's suffrage movement. What one word did Stanton famously omit from her marriage vows? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Birth of Baha'u'llah (2015)

The anniversary of the birth in 1817 of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i religion , is a holy day on which work is suspended. Mirza Husayn Ali, later known as Baha'u'llah ("Glory of God"), was born in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). He was an adherent of Islam, and later a follower of the Bab, who founded the Babi faith, an independent messianic religion. Thirteen years after the Bab's execution in 1850, Husayn Ali declared himself the messenger of God, foretold by the Bab. More...
In the News

EEG Detects Consciousness in Brain Damaged Patients

A small minority of patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state are actually conscious but unable to physically convey this to others. However, researchers have now discovered a cheap and portable way to assess awareness in these patients using electroencephalography, a method of recording and analyzing brain activity. In a study of 16 patients believed to be in a vegetative state, researchers found that three were repeatedly able to follow instructions when they were asked to imagine performing certain movements. More...
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