Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

buttonhole

Definition:(verb) Detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors.
Synonyms:lobby
Usage: It is not easy to buttonhole her for an interview.
Article of the Day

Logos

In Greek philosophy and theology, Logos is the divine reason that orders the cosmos and gives it form and meaning. The concept is found in the sixth-century BCE writings of Heracleitus and in Persian, Indian, and Egyptian philosophical and theological systems as well. It is particularly significant in Christian theology, where it is used to describe the role of Jesus as the principle of God active in the creation and ordering of the cosmos. What is the literal meaning of the word "Logos"? More...
This Day in History

Hubble Space Telescope Launched (1990)

The Hubble Space Telescope is the most sophisticated optical observatory ever placed into orbit around Earth, able to view star material some 10 to 12 billion light years away. Because it is above Earth's obscuring atmosphere, it can obtain images that are much brighter, clearer, and more detailed than ground-based telescope images. Although a defect in the primary mirror initially caused it to produce fuzzy images, a 1993 shuttle mission fixed this. What are some of Hubble's most famous images? More...
Today's Birthday

William Joyce (1906)

Born in the US and taken to the UK as a child, Joyce became involved with the fascist movement as a teen and fled to Germany before the outbreak of WWII. He remained there throughout the war, broadcasting Nazi propaganda in English from Berlin. He was captured by British soldiers in 1945 and, despite his American birth, was deemed subject to British jurisdiction because he held a British passport. He was convicted of treason and hanged. What urban legends about Joyce circulated during the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

God is in the detail(s)

Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results. More...
Today's Holiday

World's Biggest Fish Fry

A spring festival in Paris, Tennessee, the World's Biggest Fish Fry makes use of the catfish in nearby Kentucky Lake. The fish fry began in 1954, and by the next year more than 1,600 pounds of catfish were served. Now, some 13,000 pounds of catfish are cooked, and about 100,000 people show up to eat, fish, and look around. Events include a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a two-hour parade, and the coronation of a Queen of the Tennessee Valley and a Junior King and Queen. Besides fried fish to eat, there are hush puppies—small deep-fat fried corn meal balls. More...
In the News

Coffee Addicts Can Blame Their Genes—Sort Of

According to researchers, genetic factors may influence how much caffeine a person craves. Analysis of the DNA of 40,000 people revealed that two genes known to play a role in the body’s breakdown of caffeine are also linked to people’s consumption of caffeine-containing items, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda. Those with the high consumption variant of the genes were found to consume about 40 more milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of a third of a cup of coffee, than other people. More...
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