Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

bestir

Definition:(verb) To cause to become active.
Synonyms:rouse
Usage: If nobody knows the address, you must still bestir yourself in trying to find it.
Article of the Day

The Blue Angels

In 1946, the US Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, performed for the first time. Intended to enhance Navy recruiting and to represent American armed forces as international ambassadors of good will, the Blue Angels perform aerial demonstrations involving highly precise maneuvers while flying in formation. During the stunts, the jets can sometimes come within 18 inches of each other. Why is it that pilots in the Blue Angels squadron do not wear G-suits? More...
This Day in History

Zong Massacre: Slaves Thrown Overboard (1781)

In 1781, overcrowding, disease, and malnutrition killed several crew members and dozens of African slaves being transported to Jamaica as "cargo" on the British slave ship Zong. Knowing that insurers would not compensate his employers for sick slaves or those dead from illness—but would offer compensation for drowned slaves—the ship's captain decided to throw more than 130 slaves overboard. What landmark decision resulted from the court case that followed? More...
Today's Birthday

Louisa May Alcott (1832)

Determined to contribute to the small family income, Alcott began writing to help support her mother and sisters. She first achieved widespread fame and wealth with Little Women, one of the most popular children's books ever written. The novel, which recounts the adolescent adventures of the four March sisters, is largely autobiographical. Her first book, Flower Fables, was a collection of tales originally created to amuse the daughter of her friend, what famous American poet? More...
Quotation of the Day
Mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Today's Holiday

Advent (2015)

The Advent season marks the beginning of the Christian year in Western Christianity. Its length varies from 22 to 28 days, beginning on the Sunday nearest St. Andrew's Day and encompassing the next three Sundays, ending on Christmas Eve. Originally a period of reflection and penitence in preparation for Christmas, Advent has sometimes been referred to as the Winter Lent. Today, it is usually associated with the Advent calendars that parents give their children to help them count the days until Christmas. In Orthodox (Eastern) Christianity, Advent begins on November 15. More...
In the News

Woman Loses Custody of Obese Son

Officials in Ohio placed an 8-year-old boy in foster care last month because his mother failed to control his ballooning weight, which had surpassed 200 lb (91 kg). The mother stands accused of failing to take the proper measures to control her son's weight, an infraction officials have categorized as "medical neglect." While supporters say that the health dangers associated with obesity necessitate such extreme action, opponents say the practice could cause irreparable emotional harm to children and fails to address other factors that contribute to obesity. More...
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