Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

escapist

Definition:(noun) A person who escapes into a world of fantasy.
Synonyms:wishful thinker, dreamer
Usage: She calls herself a mere optimist, but we believe her unconditionally sunny outlook makes her an escapist.
Article of the Day

The Cliffs of Insanity

The Namurian shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher are a major tourist attraction in Ireland, where they are noted for the spectacular views they provide of the Aran Islands and Connemara. Even in the early 19th century, tourists flocked to the site; and in 1835, O'Brien's Tower, a round stone observation tower located approximately at the midpoint of the cliffs, was built to accommodate the visitors. The cliffs were featured in what popular 1987 cult film as the “Cliffs of Insanity”? More...
This Day in History

Adolf Eichmann Found Guilty of War Crimes (1961)

Adolf Eichmann was a high-ranking Nazi official who oversaw the maltreatment, deportation, and murder of millions of Jews during World War II. He promoted the use of gas chambers for the mass extermination of Jews in concentration camps and is considered to be largely responsible for the logistics of the Final Solution, which was the Nazi policy to exterminate millions of people. At the end of World War II, Eichmann went into hiding. How was he captured? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Jump Cannon (1863)

Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work is still in use and serves as the basis for modern theoretical understanding of stellar evolution. In 1897, she became an assistant in the Harvard College Observatory, where she later served as astronomer and curator of astronomical photographs. Recognizing that the spectra of many stars had been photographed in the second half of the 19th century, Cannon classified more than 500,000 stars. What celestial feature is named for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2015)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
In the News

Kids with Allergies May Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease Later

Allergies can make children miserable. But scientists say that they may have even more profound effects on health that can impact these children even as adults. Reporting in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg ... More...
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