Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

sobriquet

Definition:(noun) An affectionate or humorous nickname.
Synonyms:cognomen, moniker, nickname, soubriquet
Usage: Usually he saw things long before others were aware that there was anything to see—a trait that had won for him the sobriquet of Hawk.
Article of the Day

Weightless Wonders

"Vomit Comet" is a nickname for any airplane that briefly provides passengers with a nearly weightless environment by following a parabolic vertical flight path. The aircraft mimics the trajectory of an object in free-fall and therefore does not exert any g-force on its contents. As a result, passengers have zero apparent weight relative to the aircraft. According to the director of the Reduced Gravity Research Program, what percentage of passengers on zero-g flights becomes violently ill? More...
This Day in History

The Hillsborough Disaster (1989)

The Hillsborough Disaster occurred in 1989 during a soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in England. When the match began, many fans were still attempting to enter the stadium, forming a bottleneck at the gate. When the gates were opened, the push from the crowd crushed many against barriers, resulting in the deaths of 96 people. It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history. What factors are believed to have led to the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile Durkheim (1858)

Along with Max Weber, Durkheim is considered one of the chief founders of modern sociology. His view that the methods of natural science can be applied to the study of society was influenced by the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. Durkheim held that the collective mind of society was the source of religion and morality and that the common values developed in society, particularly in primitive societies, are the cohesive bonds of social order. What was Durkheim's view on crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

day or night

At any point in time; 24 hours a day. More...
Today's Holiday

Jackie Robinson Day (2016)

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball (MLB) in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play professional baseball in the MLB. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first professional game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. To commemorate Robinson's achievements, activities are planned each year at all MLB stadiums on April 15th. Home teams coordinate activities for the tribute, which may include pre-game award presentations, special guests throwing the first pitch, prizes for fans, and appearances by other legendary baseball stars. More...
In the News

Florida Woman Allergic to Own Sweat, Tears Details Her Ordeal With Rare Condition

A Florida woman is speaking out about her rare condition, which has left her unable to leave the house during the day. Julie Reid said she developed a devastating immunological condition called cholinergic urticaria, which causes her skin to become ... More...
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