Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

sanctify

Definition:(verb) Render holy by means of religious rites.
Synonyms:hallow, bless, consecrate
Usage: Though they are comfortable with the fact that their marriage has not been sanctified in a Christian church, their parents are not.
Article of the Day

The Pan-American Highway

Stretching some 30,000 mi (48,000 km), the Pan-American Highway is a system of roads connecting North and South America. Originally conceived as a single route in 1923, it was financed by the US during the 1940s and 1950s and grew to include a number of designated highways in participating countries, extending from Alaska and Canada to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. However, the system is far from uniform; some stretches are passable only during the dry season, and there are gaps where? More...
This Day in History

Clutter Family Murdered (1959)

In 1959, parolees Richard Hickock and Perry Smith murdered Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and their two children while attempting to rob their Kansas farmhouse. Writer Truman Capote spent the next five years researching the crime and interviewing those involved, including Hickock and Smith, who were hanged for the murders in 1965. Capote's In Cold Blood was published shortly thereafter and launched the nonfiction novel genre. What famous author traveled to Kansas with Capote? More...
Today's Birthday

Erwin Rommel (1891)

After nearly three decades in the German army, Rommel, who would become a famous WWII field marshal, was promoted by Hitler to the rank of general in 1939. The next year, he brilliantly commanded a panzer division in the attack on France. He then led the Afrika Korps against the Allies in N Africa, where he became known as the "Desert Fox" for his audacious surprise attacks. Allied success led Rommel to lose respect for Hitler and join a plot to remove the führer from office. How did Rommel die? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art...is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

La Quintaine (2015)

St. Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners, is honored each year in the French town of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat by a ceremony in which 30 men carry the quintaine, a three-foot-high box painted to resemble a prison, to the church to be blessed. Afterward, they mount it on a post and strike it with mallets as they gallop by on horseback. Fragments of the smashed quintaine are said to bring good luck and to make hens lay eggs. More...
In the News

Doctors Turning to Deep Hypothermia for Trauma Patients

When dealing with trauma patients, doctors are often in a race against the clock. Many trauma victims simply bleed to death before doctors are able to treat their injuries. Inducing extreme hypothermia in these patients, however, could buy doctors some time. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patients who have lost so much blood that their hearts have stopped beating will soon be candidates for an experimental hypothermia treatment that involves bringing their body temperatures down to as low as 50 degrees. Trauma surgeons hope that the treatment will stave off brain and organ damage long enough for them to patch up and revive these patients. More...
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