Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

winded

Definition:(adjective) Out of breath, as from strenuous exercise.
Synonyms:pursy, blown
Usage: After crossing the finish line, the winded runner fell to the ground and lay there panting.
Article of the Day

The Leatherman

For more than 30 years in the mid- and late 1800s, a figure known as the Leatherman regularly walked a 365-mile route through Connecticut and New York. He was famous for his handmade suit made entirely of leather, and townspeople would save food for him in anticipation of his arrival every 34 days. He lived in caves, which he heated by building fires. Very little is known about his background. Though he was said to speak French, he communicated mostly by gestures. What name graces his headstone? More...
This Day in History

Entente Cordiale Signed by France and UK (1904)

The Entente Cordiale was an agreement that settled numerous colonial disputes and ended antagonisms between Britain and France. It granted freedom of action to Britain in Egypt and to France in Morocco and resolved several other imperial disputes. The agreement was consequently upsetting to Germany, which had benefited from their antagonism. The Entente paved the way for Anglo-French diplomatic cooperation against Germany before World War I and for what later military alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Husserl (1859)

Husserl was a German philosopher and the founder of the phenomenological movement. His philosophy is a descriptive study of consciousness for the purpose of discovering the structure of experience—the laws by which experiences are had. Husserl concluded that consciousness has no life apart from the objects it considers and, in his later work, moved toward idealism and denied that objects exist outside consciousness. Husserl had a major influence on what German philosopher? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have heard men talk of the blessings of freedom, ... but I wish any wise man would teach me what use to make of it now that I have it.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the 7th century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Pay What You Weigh

In November, Samoa Air did away with standard ticket fares and instituted a pay-what-you-weigh system, becoming the world's first airline to do so. The airline industry has for some time debated the merits of such pricing, since larger passengers take up more seat space and cause airplanes to consume more fuel; however, discrimination concerns have thus far deterred major carriers from making the switch. Samoa Air's CEO claims that consumers have been supportive of the new pricing plan, which charges adults up to WS$1.32 ($0.57) per kg for domestic flights and WS$2.40 ($1.03) per kg for international flights to American Samoa. More...
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