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

Louis B. Mayer Opens His First Movie Theater (1907)

Born in Russia, Mayer immigrated to Canada and then the US with his family and began working in his father's scrap-iron business at 14. At 23, he bought a small nickelodeon in Massachusetts, and by the time he reached his mid-30s, he owned New England's largest movie theater chain. In 1925, he merged his film production company with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which, under his leadership, became Hollywood's most prestigious studio. Mayer aspired to have "more stars than" what? More...
Today's Birthday

Friedrich Engels (1820)

With Karl Marx, Engels was one of the founders of modern Communism. After forming a partnership to promote the socialist movement, the two organized revolutionary movements and collaborated on several works, most notably the Communist Manifesto. Though Marx's personality has overshadowed that of Engels, Engels served as the foremost authority on Marx and Marxism after Marx's death in 1883. Despite his criticism of capitalism, Engels supported Marx's publications by doing what? 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)

Today's Holiday

Chitlin' Strut (2015)

The Chitlin' Strut is a feast of chitlins, or chitterlings (hog intestines), held in the small town of Salley, South Carolina. The affair features a "hawg-calling" contest, country music, arts and crafts, a parade, lots of chitlins (about 8,000 pounds are devoured each year), and chicken for those not enamored of chitlins. Chitlins are prepared by cleaning them well, boiling them until they are tender, and then, after coating them in egg and crumbs, frying them in deep fat until they're crackling crisp. 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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