Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 09, 2016)
Word of the Day

paroxysm

Definition:(noun) A sudden uncontrollable attack.
Synonyms:convulsion, fit
Usage: Michael strained backward in a paroxysm of rage, making fierce short jumps to the end of the tether as he snarled and growled with utmost fierceness.
Article of the Day

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of their reigns, notations of historic events, and information pertaining to the flooding of the Nile. The stone was so named because it is housed in a museum in Palermo, Italy, but small pieces of it are held in what other cities? 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
A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

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

New DNA Research Sheds New Light on Ice Age Europe

Over the past two decades, the technology used to analyze the degraded DNA of ancient remains has dramatically advanced. As a result, researchers in a new study were able to map the genomes of 51 individuals who lived in Europe between 45,000 and ... More...
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