Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

medial

Definition:(adjective) Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
Synonyms:median
Usage: They took up defensive posts all along the field, with Ray in the medial position.
Article of the Day

Wave Power

Wave power is a form of renewable energy that may be harnessed for use in electricity generation. Capturing the energy of ocean surface waves and converting it into a useable form of electrical energy is a difficult task, and a major technological breakthrough is necessary for it to contribute significantly to the world's energy needs. Salter's Duck, invented in 1974, remains the device against which all other wave energy systems are measured. Why did wave power funding dry up in the 1980s? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Judge Rules James Joyce's Ulysses Not Obscene (1933)

For more than a decade after its debut, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, was banned in the US. A literary magazine had attempted to publish it in serial form, but the series was cut short after the publishers ran a rather suggestive passage and were convicted of obscenity. When the implicit ban on the book was finally challenged in 1933, Judge John M. Woolsey praised the work for its literary merits and ruled that it was not obscene. How did a publisher force the issue to court? More...
Today's Birthday

Joyce Kilmer (1886)

Kilmer was a prolific poet who celebrated nature and faith in short, sentimental verse. His works, now mostly forgotten, have been dismissed by modern scholars as overly simplistic. Today, his reputation largely rests on the wide popularity of a single 1913 poem, "Trees." It begins, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree," and many specific trees have been proposed as Kilmer's inspiration. His career was cut short when what killed him at age 31? More...
Quotation of the Day
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

kiss and cry

An area in an ice skating rink where figure skaters rest while awaiting their results after a competitive performance. So named because competitors typically celebrate or commiserate (depending on their performance) with coaches, friends, or family in this location. More...
Today's Holiday

Finland Independence Day (2017)

The Finnish people lived under Russian control beginning in 1809. The Finnish nationalist movement grew in the 1800s, and when the Bolsheviks took over Russia on November 7, 1917, the Finns saw a time to declare their independence. They did so on December 6 of that same year. This day is a national holiday celebrated with military parades in Helsinki and performances at the National Theater. It is traditionally a solemn occasion that begins with a parade of students carrying torches and one flag for each year of independence. More...
In the News

British Astronaut to Run London Marathon in Space

A British astronaut will attempt to become the first man to run a marathon in space, as part of his 173-day mission to the International Space Station. Tim Peake will run a digital version of next year's London Marathon on a treadmill as ISS orbits the ... More...
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