Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

single-minded

Definition:(adjective) Steadfast; resolute.
Synonyms:resolved
Usage: He was single-minded in his determination to stop smoking.
Article of the Day

The Three Hares

The Three Hares is a circular motif found at sacred sites from China to England. It consists of three hares chasing each other in a circle. Used as early as the 6th century in Chinese cave temples, the symbol appears to have spread along trade routes. It appears in architecture and on headstones and in Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian art. It is a perceptual puzzle in that, although each rabbit has two ears, the total number of ears pictured is only three. How is this illusion achieved? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tippecanoe (1811)

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought between US forces and the forces of Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader who sought to stem US expansion by establishing a confederacy of Native American tribes. Led by Tecumseh's brother, the Shawnee attacked US forces camped near their village. Both sides suffered similar losses, but the battle dealt a serious blow to the Native American military movement and was ultimately considered a victory for the US. What was done to the bodies of the fallen after the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Albert Camus (1913)

Camus was an Algerian-French novelist, essayist, and playwright. He spent the war years in Paris, and the French Resistance brought him into the circle of Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism. In 1942, he became a leading literary figure with his enigmatic first novel, The Stranger, a study of 20th-century alienation, and the philosophical essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," an analysis of contemporary nihilism and the concept of the absurd. What else did Camus write? More...
Quotation of the Day
Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

have the say

To have the ultimate authority to command, control, or make a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Revolution Day (Soviet Union) (2016)

Revolution Day commemorates the October Revolution of 1917, when the Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian government by seizing power in Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg, later named Leningrad, and in 1991, after the collapse of the Communist Party, renamed St. Petersburg). The coup took place on November 7 (October 25 on the Julian calendar) and, through the years, was celebrated as a national holiday marking the start of the Soviet regime. All of this ended in 1991 with the Soviet Union's disintegration. More...
In the News

Fukushima Fish Unfit for Consumption

About 40 percent of the fish caught near Fukushima's crippled Dai-ichi nuclear power plant contains levels of radiation that render it unfit for human consumption. Experts believe the contamination levels are likely the result of two factors, ongoing leakage of polluted groundwater from under Fukushima and existing contamination of offshore sediments. It is worth noting that current Japanese guidelines regarding maximum permitted concentration of radioactivity in fish and fish products are extremely stringent—100 becquerels per kilogram of wet weight—compared to international standards—1,200 becquerels per kilogram of wet weight. More...
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