Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

coruscate

Definition:(verb) Be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity.
Synonyms:sparkle, scintillate
Usage: The flutist's music coruscated throughout the concert hall.
Article of the Day

The Ballista

The ballista is an ancient missile launcher designed to hurl long arrows or heavy balls. The largest could accurately hurl 60-pound (27-kg) weights up to about 500 yards (450 m). The Greek version was basically a huge crossbow, while the Roman ballista was powered by torsion and used two separate arms joined at their ends by the cord that propelled the missile. Once the Roman Empire declined, so too did the ballista—it was too challenging and expensive to build. Which weapons took its place? More...
This Day in History

The Munich Air Disaster (1958)

In 1958, a British European Airways airliner carrying the Manchester United soccer team along with a number of staff members, supporters, and journalists crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Germany's Munich-Riem airport. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board died in the disaster. There was speculation that the club would have to fold, but the threadbare team completed the season, and a rebuilt Manchester United won the European cup in what year? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunker. What happened the next day? More...
Quotation of the Day
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. More...
Today's Holiday

Homstrom

Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities in February. More...
In the News

Music Video Projects Help Young Cancer Patients Cope

For most young people, writing a song and recording a music video is mere fun, but for those battling cancer, it can prove therapeutic. Young cancer patients who worked with music therapists to write their own songs and then record them reported feeling more social support than those who simply listened to audiobooks. They also coped with their cancer in more positive ways. Having cancer can be a socially isolating experience, but the process of expressing one's feelings through music and video seems to improve patients' outlook and make them feel more supported by family, friends, and medical professionals. More...
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