Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

defile

Definition:(verb) To damage or sully (someone's good name, reputation, etc.).
Synonyms:sully, taint, corrupt, cloud
Usage: My father was an honest man, and I will not allow you to defile his memory by publishing an article that casts suspicion on his business dealings.
Article of the Day

Being

Why is there something instead of nothing? This is one of the chief questions that, for millennia, has fueled the existential musings of philosophers who have pondered the concept of "being." Used interchangeably with the word "existence," the term "being" conceptualizes subjective and objective aspects of reality. One's state of being is also a focus of psychology. According to psychiatrist Carl Jung, "the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of" what? More...
This Day in History

Last Hanging at Tyburn Gallows (1783)

In 1571, a novel triangular gallows allowing for the hanging of several people at once was erected in the English village of Tyburn, which became so famous for its executions that thousands of paying spectators would turn out for hangings. During a 1649 mass execution, 24 prisoners were hanged there. The site became synonymous with capital punishment and was commonly invoked in euphemisms like "to take a ride to Tyburn," meaning to go to one's hanging. Who was "Lord of the Manor of Tyburn"? More...
Today's Birthday

Vincenzo Bellini (1801)

Bellini was an Italian composer who was born into a musical family and began composing in his childhood. He wrote his first opera at age 24 and went on to complete nine more before his death at age 33. His most celebrated works, which rely strongly on beautiful vocal melody and include the operas Norma and La Sonnambula—Italian for "The Sleepwalker"—greatly influenced the work of Giuseppe Verdi. According to legend, what musical feat could Bellini perform at just 18 months of age? More...
Quotation of the Day
So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2015)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

Mr. Golden Sun Finally Shines Down on Rjukan

Residents of Rjukan, Norway, have had it with darkness. Located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, the city gets no sunlight for about seven months out of the year. About a century ago, an engineer proposed the idea of using mirrors to reflect sunlight down into the town, and last week, it became a reality. On Wednesday, three large, computer-controlled mirrors installed on one of the surrounding mountaintops began reflecting sunlight into the main square below, where assembled residents relaxed on loungers, played beach volleyball, and sipped cocktails while soaking up the rays. More...
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