Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

precognition

Definition:(noun) Knowledge of an event before it occurs.
Synonyms:foreknowledge
Usage: Many envied Maya's ability to know the future, but she considered her precognition a burden and a curse.
Article of the Day

Premature Burial

In the late 1800s, fears of being mistakenly assumed dead and accidentally buried alive led to the invention of "safety coffins." To avoid such a fate, US President George Washington requested on his deathbed that his burial be delayed to ensure that he had truly died. Premature burial can also be intentional. Saint Oran was buried alive as a human sacrifice in Scotland in the 6th century. Later, he was dug up and found to be alive, but he was supposedly hurriedly reburied after saying what? More...
This Day in History

Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

The Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians. On November 28, 1912, Albanian independence was declared by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

William Blake (1757)

Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake's paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect. When did he finally gain recognition as a visionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the specter which had haunted my midnight pillow.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

good enough for jazz

Sufficient to suit the purpose(s) at hand without needing to be perfect. More...
Today's Holiday

Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day (2016)

After the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfill the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbor between 1975 and 1999. Observances for the November 28 anniversary honor the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honor to distinguish individuals who fought for the country's freedom. More...
In the News

Kids Love Bounce Houses, But Injuries Abound

Every 45 minutes in 2010, a child ended up in a US emergency room due to an injury sustained in an inflatable bouncer. Over the 15-year period between 1995 and 2010, the number of bouncer-related child injuries skyrocketed 1,500 percent. Researchers suspect that increased use of the inflatable bouncers, which are popular attractions at fairs, indoor playgrounds, amusement parks, and kids' parties, is behind the rising number of injuries. Part of the problem, they say, is that there are no national safety guidelines for inflatable bouncers. More...
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