Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

embonpoint

Definition:(noun) The bodily property of being well rounded.
Synonyms:plumpness, roundness
Usage: He had the lavish embonpoint of a pig.
Article of the Day

Eta Carinae

Around 1730, astronomers noted that Eta Carinae—one of the most massive stars known to science—had gotten brighter. It soon faded, only to intensify again in April 1843. Despite its enormous distance from Earth—about 7,500 light years—Eta Carinae became the second brightest star in the sky before again fading. Though the star was not destroyed in the 1843 "supernova imposter event," it could undergo a catastrophic explosion in the relatively near future. How might such an event affect Earth? More...
This Day in History

Man Shoots Four Would-Be Robbers on NYC Subway (1984)

Dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by the tabloids, Bernard Hugo Goetz became a symbol of New Yorkers' frustrations with rampant crime when he shot four men intending to rob him on a city subway train, paralyzing one of them. The publicity following the incident and his ensuing trial for attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and firearms offenses divided the public. While some believed Goetz rightly acted in self-defense, others felt he had overreacted. What was the result of the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (1912)

Taylor married future US President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. In 1943, she bought a debt-ridden radio station and built it into a multimillion-dollar broadcasting company, later helping to finance her husband's first election campaign. As first lady, she played an active role in politics while supporting the "war on poverty," environmental causes, early education, and national beautification projects. She later wrote A White House Diary. How did she get the nickname "Lady Bird"? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have no right to distress any of God's creatures without a very good reason.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Today's Holiday

Soyaluna (Hopi Soyal Ceremony) (2015)

The Hopi traditionally believed that at the time of the Winter Solstice, the Sun had traveled as far from the Earth as he ever did. The purpose of Soyaluna is to prevent the disappearance of the Sun at the time of year when the days are at their shortest. The main ceremony takes place in the kiva, a large, circular underground room. Hopi priests prepare the kiva by scattering cornmeal around the floor. A stack of corn serves as an altar, surrounded by stalks and husks. At the solstice, everyone assembles in the kiva for rituals designed to bring the sun back for another agricultural year. More...
In the News

Drug Bust Indeed!

Crackdowns on drug smuggling have forced mules to get creative. Simply swallowing packets of drugs is apparently no longer sufficient for some smugglers, who have instead turned to surgical solutions to outwit law enforcement. One Panamanian woman recently took smuggling to a whole new level, getting cocaine-filled breast implants in order to sneak 3 lb (1.4 kg) of Colombian cocaine, valued at about $80,000 (60,000 euros), into Spain. At the Barcelona airport, the woman tried to pass off her open chest wounds as the result of a recent breast augmentation, but police grew suspicious and took her to a hospital, where the drug-filled implants were removed. More...
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