Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

derisive

Definition:(adjective) Abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule.
Synonyms:gibelike, jeering, mocking, taunting
Usage: Dirk Stroeve was one of those persons whom…you cannot think of without derisive laughter or an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders.
Article of the Day

Ganzfeld Experiments

A ganzfeld experiment is a technique used in the field of parapsychology to test individuals for extrasensory perception (ESP). It uses homogeneous and unpatterned sensory stimulation, achieved through the use of translucent, monochromatic goggles that create a uniform visual field and headphones that play white noise, to produce an effect similar to sensory deprivation, which is thought to help people reach a state of consciousness conducive to ESP. What have experiments shown about ESP? More...
This Day in History

Papal Bull Bestows Authority to Prosecute Witchcraft in Germany (1484)

In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued the papal bull Summis desiderantes affectibusDesiring with supreme ardor. Sometimes blamed for inspiring the witch-hunts that became increasingly common in the coming centuries, the bull recognizes the existence of witches, gives Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany, and urges local ecclesiastical authorities to cooperate with inquisitors. Kramer later retired and co-wrote what treatise on witchcraft? More...
Today's Birthday

George Armstrong Custer (1839)

In the American Civil War, Custer was a cavalry officer whose pursuit of Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee hastened the South's surrender. After the war, Custer participated in the government's campaign to force the Cheyenne and Sioux onto reservations. In 1876, after dividing his force, he rashly commanded an attack against Native Americans in Little Bighorn, Montana. He and all of his more than 200 troops were killed in the battle against how many Indian warriors? More...
Quotation of the Day
Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

Closing the Gates Ceremony (2015)

The celebration that takes place on this day in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, commemorates the seige of 1688, when James II stormed the Protestant city's walls. Londonderry's governor, Colonel Lundy, wanted to surrender, but his scheme was foiled by 13 boy apprentices who shut the Ferryquay Gate just as the British were about to enter the city. The celebrations held annually in December are set up by the Association of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. The festivities include a historical pageant, the climax of which is the burning of Colonel Lundy's effigy. More...
In the News

Names Proposed for Periodic Table's New Additions

More than 10 years after they were discovered, elements 114 and 116 are finally getting names: flerovium, atomic symbol Fl, and livermorium, atomic symbol Lv. The former was chosen in honor of Russian physicist Georgiy Flerov, whose name graces the Russian laboratory where element 114 was discovered, and the latter name was chosen for the La wrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, whose scientists collaborated in the research. The public will have five months to comment on the proposed names before they are officially accepted. More...
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