Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

long-suffering

Definition:(adjective) Patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble.
Synonyms:enduring
Usage: It called to him across that leagues-wide savannah, and was like a benediction to his long-suffering, pain racked spirit.
Article of the Day

Pyotr Stolypin

Stolypin was the prime minister of Russia from 1906 to 1911 under Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia. Stolypin instituted agrarian reforms that improved the welfare of peasants, reasoning that as a landed class they would be more loyal to the tsar. At the same time, he was ruthless in suppressing the growing revolutionary movement and executed hundreds in 1906 and 1907. He was, in turn, assassinated by a revolutionary. What did Tsar Nicholas reportedly say to Stolypin on his deathbed? More...
This Day in History

Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1965)

During the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak of 1965, as many as 78 tornados—47 of which were confirmed—hit the midwestern US over the course of 11 hours. Affecting Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa, the outbreak resulted in 271 deaths, thousands of injuries, and widespread damage. In Indiana alone, it killed 137 people and injured more than 1,200, becoming the deadliest tornado outbreak in the state's history. This outbreak led to the clarification of what terms used in weather forecasts? More...
Today's Birthday

Septimius Severus (145 CE)

Severus became emperor of Rome in 193 CE, also known as the "Year of the Five Emperors." In the months before he ascended the throne, two emperors were assassinated and a third—Didius Julianus—earned the position by buying it from the Praetorian Guard. With the empire in disarray, Severus marched on Rome, ousted Julianus, and was proclaimed emperor. He then built himself a strong army that would protect both him and his empire. It is said that he gave what advice to his sons before his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world would do well to reflect, that injustice is in itself, to every generous and properly constituted mind, an injury, of all others the most insufferable, the most torturing, and the most hard to bear.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

cut from whole cloth

Completely fictional or utterly false; totally made up. A reference to tailors who would falsely advertise garments being "cut out of whole cloth," when in reality, they were pieced together from different cuts. More...
Today's Holiday

Santamar'a Day (2016)

In Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero, for his role in the makeshift militia that opposed American imperialist William Walker. On April 11, 1856, Santamaría either set fire to Walker's fort or his ammunitions store. Although Santamaría was killed in the process, Walker's forces were eventually repelled. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, dancing, and marching bands throughout the country. The official holiday is usually on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría's death. More...
In the News

Medical Implants Vulnerable to Hack Attacks

For many patients, medical implants like pacemakers, defibrillators, and insulin pumps are lifesavers, but it turns out that these devices could also leave them vulnerable to dangerous attacks. Researchers have found that radio signals and wireless links used to test, interrogate, and update these devices can be hijacked by hackers with potentially life-threatening results. Though the likelihood of such an attack is remote, security experts are encouraging manufacturers to address these issues now, before they become a more serious problem. More...
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