Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

stouthearted

Definition:(adjective) Brave; courageous.
Synonyms:stalwart
Usage: Undaunted by the storm, the stouthearted park ranger proceeded with his search for the missing hiker.
Article of the Day

The End of Civilization

Throughout history, people have feared that civilization, human life, and even planet Earth could one day come to an end, either as a result of natural, manmade, or supernatural causes. Catastrophic doomsday scenarios include antibiotic resistant super-bacteria devastating humanity and runaway global warming rendering Earth's climate uninhabitable. Among the more bizarre potential threats is what field of science, which some fear will give rise to out-of-control, self-replicating robots? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Edgecote Moor (1469)

The Battle of Edgecote Moor was an important turning point in the series of dynastic civil wars for the English throne known as the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). The battle pitted the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, against those of King Edward IV. Warwick had once been loyal to Edward and had even helped put him on the throne, but Edward began to resent him and suppress his influence. Angered, Warwick allied with Edward's brother, George, and rose in rebellion. Who won the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Jung (1875)

Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, he worked with psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who studied and named "schizophrenia." Jung wrote a book on the illness, which led to a meeting with Sigmund Freud, and the two formed a close relationship for a number of years. However, Jung's criticism of Freud's emphasis on the sexual basis of neuroses ended their collaboration, and a formal break came when Jung published what revolutionary book? More...
Quotation of the Day
A boy's love comes from a full heart; a man's is more often the result of a full stomach. Indeed, a man's sluggish current may not be called love, compared with the rushing fountain that wells up when a boy's heart is struck with the heavenly rod.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

a great many

A very large number of (people, things, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

RAGBRAI (2016)

A bicycle ride (not race) across the state of Iowa, RAGBRAI is billed as the oldest, longest, and largest bicycle-touring event in the nation. The sponsor from the start has been the Des Moines Register, and RAGBRAI stands for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The field is limited, and participants are chosen through a drawing. The ride began in 1973 and was intended as a one-time event, but interest was such that it continued the next year, and the next, when it got the RAGBRAI name. The route is different each year but always runs from west to east. More...
In the News

Train Derailment in Spain Kills at Least 80

The operator of a high-speed train that derailed in Spain on Wednesday evening, killing at least 80 of its 247 passengers and injuring dozens more, is under investigation for failing to maintain a safe speed. A security camera captured footage of the train hurtling around a curved stretch of track before flying off the rails, and the driver has reportedly admitted that the train was traveling at more than double the speed limit when the derailment occurred. Spain's prime minister has declared three days of official mourning in the wake of the disaster, one of Europe's worst rail incidents in recent decades. More...
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