Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

telepathy

Definition:(noun) Apparent communication from one mind to another without using sensory perceptions.
Synonyms:thought transference
Usage: I sometimes wonder how he knows what I am thinking and whether it is attributable to telepathy.
Article of the Day

The Witches of Belvoir

After the death of their eldest son, the Earl and Countess of Rutland began to grow suspicious of three women in their employ. Joan Flower and her daughters Margaret and Philippa worked as servants in Belvoir Castle and therefore had access to the family's personal property. They are alleged to have abused this privilege by stealing items that they then used for nefarious magical purposes. The girls eventually confessed and were hanged for witchcraft around 1618. What happened to their mother? More...
This Day in History

Island of Saint Helena Discovered (1502)

The uninhabited island of St. Helena was discovered by Portuguese navigator João da Nova in the eastern South Atlantic, 1,200 mi (1,931 km) west of Africa. It became a port of call for ships sailing between Europe and the East Indies and was annexed by the British East India Company in 1659. Because of the island's remoteness, when the British exiled Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, he was sent there. It became a British crown colony in 1834. What is its status today? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Fry (1780)

Fry was an English prison reformer as well as an advocate of higher nursing standards and the education of working women. From 1813, she worked untiringly to improve the conditions for women in Newgate prison, advocating separation of the sexes, employment, and religious training. Her successful methods at Newgate impressed the government and were tried in other prisons. She also helped the homeless, founding soup kitchens and shelters in London. On what unit of currency is Fry pictured? More...
Quotation of the Day
All the fair and noble impulses of humanity, the dreams of poets and the agonies of martyrs, are shackled and bound in the service of organized and predatory Greed!

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Idiom of the Day

first port of call

The first place where one stops to visit, accomplish something, or begin a process. Taken from nautical terminology, referring to the first port that a seafaring vessel calls in to at the beginning of a voyage. More...
Today's Holiday

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Festival, or Maryland Preakness Celebration, culminates in the running of the Preakness Stakes, the "middle jewel of the Triple Crown" of horseracing—the other two being the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Held at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness was first run on May 27, 1873. The festival leading up to the race features recreational, sporting, and cultural events—including hot air balloons, a 5K run, and a parade. More...
In the News

Trained Honeybees Could Lead the Way to Land Mines

Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close, land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More...
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