Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

hamartia

Definition:(noun) The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.
Synonyms:tragic flaw
Usage: Many a noble literary character has been brought low by his hamartia.
Article of the Day

Fire Mountain

Azerbaijan's reputation as the "Land of Fire" is quite literal—the earth in the northwestern Asian nation is so rich in oil and natural gas that cracks or vents in the ground sometimes spontaneously emit flames. Fire Mountain, called Yanar Dag in Azerbaijani, is one such place. Located not far from the capital city of Baku, it has become a tourist attraction due to the large flames that continuously shoot out of the hillside. How is Azerbaijan's geology related to Zoroastrianism? More...
This Day in History

Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic, did what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

call it even

To acknowledge or consider a situation or exchange as being equal or equitable, as regarding debt, status, ability, a contest, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

Noise in Nature Changing Landscape

Sonar technology, which uses sound waves to detect objects underwater, has been linked to strandings of whales and dolphins, but researchers say that man-made noise disrupts more than just sea life. The effects of noise pollution, they say, extend across entire ecosystems. Industrial noise in forests appears to make it difficult for predators that rely on sound to hunt and to affect the behavior of creatures involved in pollination and seed dispersal. Over time, these changes could mean fewer trees and plants, which would invariably impact the creatures that rely on them for survival. More...
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