Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

unbridled

Definition:(adjective) Not restrained or controlled.
Synonyms:unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned
Usage: My own spirits were high, and I bounded along with feelings of unbridled joy and hilarity.
Article of the Day

Tomb KV62

Tomb KV62 is the tomb of Tutankhamen, a 14th-century BCE Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. Because his name was stricken from the royal lists during the 19th dynasty, his tomb's location was forgotten until 1922, when Howard Carter discovered it in the Valley of the Kings. Carter and his patron were the first people to enter the tomb in over 3000 years, and the objects they found inside afforded a new store of knowledge on Egyptian sculpture and life. What were some of the tomb's treasures? More...
This Day in History

Holland Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1927)

The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to Jersey City, was designed specifically for automobile traffic and included ventilator systems to reduce carbon monoxide exposure. One of first examples of ventilated design, the tunnel was an engineering marvel of the time. Construction required workers to spend large amounts of time under high pressure. Upon exiting the tunnel, they underwent a depressurization process that prevented them from developing what painful physiological condition? More...
Today's Birthday

Esaias Tegnér (1782)

Tegnér was the most popular of the Swedish romantic poets. An optimistic nationalist in his youth, he wrote the militant anti-Russian Svea and Axel, followed by Frithjof's Saga, which is based on collections of Scandinavian sagas and is considered the masterpiece of the Swedish Gothic tradition. The son of a pastor and a bishop himself, his sermons and speeches are classics of the Swedish language. Subject to periods of madness, he composed what epic poem in an asylum? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini (2015)

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More...
In the News

Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared Africa's western black rhinoceros officially extinct this week and warned that other rhino species could also be extinct or, at the very least, are on the brink of extinction. Had certain conservation measures been implemented, the IUCN believes these rhinos could have been saved, since conservation efforts were able to help the southern white rhinoceros, whose population has rebounded from less than 100 at the end of the 19th century to an estimated 20,000 today. More...
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