Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

apologist

Definition:(noun) A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.
Synonyms:vindicator, justifier
Usage: English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
Article of the Day

Cesar Millan: A Dog's Best Friend

Dog Whisperer is a National Geographic Channel reality TV series in which Cesar Millan, a self-proclaimed dog behaviorist, rehabilitates unruly dogs and teaches their owners proper canine training techniques. Though he has no formal certification, Millan believes his early observations of his family's farm dogs give him unique insight into pack mentality. In 2006, Millan published Cesar's Way, a guide to dog psychology. What are the three principles of Millan's training philosophy? 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
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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

Why Did Those Giant Rats Go Extinct? And Could They Come Back?

“Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist,” says Westley, the young heroic lead in "The Princess Bride," an instant before he gets tackled by a rat the size of a bear. Turns out the 1987 cult classic film has some reality behind it. Though a ... More...
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