Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

contagion

Definition:(noun) The communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people.
Synonyms:infection
Usage: Arobin caught the contagion of excitement which drew him to Edna like a magnet.
Article of the Day

Messinian Salinity Crisis

About 5.6 million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea was cut off from the Atlantic Ocean, likely due to tectonic shifts that closed the Strait of Gibraltar. For thousands of years afterward, the Mediterranean evaporated away, becoming saltier and leaving massive deposits of salt and minerals on the sea bed until the sea had disappeared. The straight was reopened and the sea refilled during a massive flood 500,000 years later. Today, the sea is still saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Orangeburg Massacre (1968)

In the Orangeburg massacre, local police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of about 200 people protesting segregation, killing three students and injuring 27 others. Although the incident predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State killings and was the first incident of its kind on a US college campus, the Orangeburg Massacre received relatively little media coverage. On that day, the demonstrators were gathered to protest the segregation of what type of facility? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Chopin (1851)

A St. Louis, Missouri, native, Chopin moved to Louisiana when she married at the age of 20. After her husband passed away, she returned to St. Louis and began her professional writing career. Now considered a forerunner of 20th-century feminist authors, Chopin gained attention with her many short stories featuring Creole tales and New Orleans culture but virtually stopped publishing after her novel The Awakening was heavily criticized on what grounds? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

bald-faced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise his or her mendacity. More...
Today's Holiday

Hobart Royal Regatta

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an aquatic carnival that includes sailing, rowing, and swimming events, as well as fireworks and parades. It is a holiday in Tasmania, Australia, and is held on the Derwint River in early February during Australia's summer season. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state. A similar holiday in northern Tasmania is observed on the first Monday in November and is called Recreation Day. More...
In the News

Skydiver Preparing for Record Jump from Stratosphere

Later this year, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the record for highest skydive in history by jumping from 120,000 ft (36.5 km). A helium balloon will lift him in a pressurized capsule to the desired altitude, and a special suit that maintains the proper air pressure, provides him with oxygen, and keeps him warm will protect him from the elements once he exits the capsule. During his nearly 23-mile descent, Baumgartner is expected to break the sound barrier. The current record of 102,800 ft (31 km) was set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, one of Baumgartner's advisors on the project. More...
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