Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

verdure

Definition:(noun) The lush appearance of flourishing vegetation.
Synonyms:greenness
Usage: Midsummer eve had come, bringing deep verdure to the forest, and roses in her lap, of a more vivid hue than the tender buds of Spring.
Article of the Day

Cataphracts

Originating in Central Asia, cataphracts were heavily-armored cavalry whose horses were also covered with armor made of metal scales. The name, which also refers to the armor itself, comes from the Greek word for "armored." Cataphracts were first used as elite cavalry by the Assyrians around 1000 BCE, and were adopted by numerous peoples in Eurasia, such as the Parthians, Sassanids, and Romans. Why did armored cavalry become obsolete in the 15th century? More...
This Day in History

Freighter Destroys Part of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1980)

The original Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay was completed in 1954. A new southbound span was opened in 1971, but only nine years later, it was destroyed when the freighter Summit Venture collided with a support column during a storm, sending more than 1,200 ft (366 m) of the bridge plummeting into the bay. The collision caused several automobiles and a bus to fall 150 ft (46 m), killing 35 people. What tragedy had occurred within a mile of the bridge just months earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866)

Gokhale was an Indian nationalist leader. A moderate, he stressed negotiation and conciliation rather than non-cooperation or violence—views that clashed with the more militant ideas of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Gokhale was instrumental in founding the Servants of India Society, a nationalist organization whose members, sworn to poverty and obedience, were enlisted to serve as volunteers for the social, political, and economic welfare of India. To what future Indian leader was Gokhale a mentor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

eureka moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Russia) (2016)

Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day, people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9, people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More...
In the News

Psychopaths' Brains Abnormal

Brain scans of men convicted of violent assault, rape, and murder reveal that psychopaths' brains differ structurally from those of regular people as well as those of non-psychopathic violent offenders. Specifically, psychopaths were found to have less grey matter—a type of brain tissue—in areas of the brain connected with empathy. This suggests that there is a physiological basis for the lack of empathy characteristic in psychopathy, which perhaps necessitates a specifically tailored treatment approach. Furthermore, the findings raise questions about whether such offenders may be deemed criminally insane. More...
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