Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

smattering

Definition:(noun) A small, scattered amount or number.
Synonyms:handful
Usage: Her skin had a healthy glow, and her nose was dotted with a smattering of freckles.
Article of the Day

Thales

Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, was a pre-Socratic philosopher and scientist. He is traditionally considered the first Western philosopher and a founder of geometry and abstract astronomy. As a philosophical materialist, Thales theorized that water was the first principle of all things. He speculated that the Earth floated on water, and so proposed an explanation for earthquakes. A capable astronomer, Thales is said to have predicted what celestial phenomenon in 585 BCE? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836)

In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war. What short-lived independent nation did they establish that year? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Theodor Jaspers (1883)

Jaspers was a German philosopher and psychopathologist often identified as an exponent of existentialism, although he rejected this classification. In his magnum opus, Philosophy, he argued that the aim of philosophy is practical and that its purpose is the fulfillment of human existence. He believed illumination is achieved through the experience of "limit situations" like conflict, guilt, and suffering, which define the human condition. What forced him to give up his teaching career? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. More...
Today's Holiday

Brunei National Day (2017)

Brunei is an independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in the Malay Archipelago; it is officially named Brunei Darussalam. It had been a British protectorate since 1888. The sultanate gained independence in 1984 and observes its National Day each year on February 23. Many people prepare months in advance to participate in colorful crowd formations, a favorite National Day event, and prayer services take place at mosques around the officially Muslim country. More...
In the News

Gelatinous Sea Snails "Fly" through Water like a Butterfly, Say Scientists

New research suggests that sea butterflies swim through Arctic waters much like flying insects traverse the air – by flapping their wings. A new study led by David Murphy, a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University, examined the fluid mechanics... More...
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