Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

somatic

Definition:(adjective) Affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit.
Synonyms:corporeal, bodily
Usage: Though anxiety attacks are psychological in nature, they have numerous somatic effects, including palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
Article of the Day

Ice Hotels

Ice hotels are temporary buildings made entirely out of snow and sculptured ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers to resort areas. In the Swedish ice hotel at Kiruna, one of the most famous ice hotels, even the bar glasses are made of ice. A one-night stay at the hotel costs close to four hundred dollars. Guests should probably mind the check-out time, however, because the hotel begins to melt away after May. 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 silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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

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

Heartbleed Bug Major Web Security Flaw

Computer experts have discovered a major security flaw in the popular Web encryption program OpenSSL that makes servers running it vulnerable to data theft by hackers. The scope of this problem is considerable; about two-thirds of Web servers rely on OpenSSL, and the vulnerability—appropriately dubbed Heartbleed—had gone undetected for about two years. Because the issue is rooted in server software, there is little consumers can do to protect their information until the sites they frequent upgrade their software. Many major Web firms have already taken steps to secure user data, but experts say it could be years before all affected sites and devices are updated. More...
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