Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

well-founded

Definition:(adjective) Based on sound reasoning or evidence.
Synonyms:tenable
Usage: In order to survive as an organization, we must be willing to accept well-founded criticism and make positive changes.
Article of the Day

Petrified Lightning

When lightning strikes the ground, the intense heat of the current can melt dry sand and create glass. Sometimes, this happens along the path of the lightning itself, leaving a hollow, branching tube of rough, sand-caked glass where the lightning traveled. The interior of the tube is usually very smooth. Such fragments of petrified lightning are known as fulgurites. They can form deep below the surface that was struck or, more rarely, above it. How long is the longest fulgurite ever found? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Battleship Yamato Sunk (1945)

The largest battleship ever constructed, the Yamato was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. After taking part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato was sunk during Operation Ten-Go, the last major Japanese naval operation in the Pacific Theater, while on its way to face the Allied fleet at Okinawa. How did the Allies know about the planned attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Gabriela Mistral (1889)

Born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, Mistral was a Chilean poet who combined writing with a career as a cultural minister, diplomat, and professor. She established her reputation as a poet in 1914, when she won a prize for "Sonetos de la Muerte"—"Sonnets of Death." Her passionate lyrics, with love of children and of the downtrodden as principal themes, are collected in many volumes. In 1945, Mistral became the first Latin American to be honored in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

party crasher

One who attends a party without having been invited. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
In the News

Protecting Aid Workers with High-Tech Bracelets

Attacks on civil rights and aid workers around the globe are all too frequent, but technology—when coupled with social media and crowdsourcing—could offer these people some protection. A group known as Civil Rights Defenders has developed a hi-tech bracelet that sends messages to social media sites when the wearer is in danger. Messages include information about the wearer and his or her location at the time of the alarm. The goal is to have a global network of volunteers monitor these social media channels and rally support for an attack or kidnapping victim as soon as an alert goes out. More...
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