Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

perspire

Definition:(verb) To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.
Synonyms:sudate, sweat
Usage: The air-conditioning was broken in his car, and he began to perspire heavily in the heat.
Article of the Day

The Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone is an oblong block of red sandstone upon which the kings of Scotland were once crowned. According to tradition, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow when he dreamt of a ladder to heaven and was the coronation stone of early kings of Ireland. It was taken to Scotland and housed in Scone Abbey near Perth until Edward I of England took it to London’s Westminster Abbey in 1296 and had it fitted into the Coronation Chair. In what year was the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland? More...
This Day in History

Explosion and Fire Destroy Piper Alpha Drilling Platform (1988)

Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum that sank into the sea after a series of explosions and a massive fire, killing 167 men. Only 59 of the workers survived. The initial blast is believed to have resulted from the activation of a pump that was missing a safety valve. A poorly planned evacuation process exacerbated the disaster. Why did nearby platforms continue to pump gas and oil to Piper Alpha after it was engulfed in flames? More...
Today's Birthday

Annette Kellerman (1887)

Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. Her 1907 performance of "water ballet" is often credited with popularizing the sport of synchronized swimming. Kellerman was also known for advocating the right of women to wear one-piece bathing suits and was once famously arrested for indecency for doing so herself. In 1908, a Harvard University professor named her the "Perfect Woman" because of the similarity of her physical attributes to what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe...We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

God's honest truth

The absolute, unequivocal truth. (I.e., as if spoken by God Himself.) More...
Today's Holiday

Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra is an outpouring of tens of thousands of pilgrims to honor Jagannath, Lord of the Universe, in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. During the festival, wooden images of Jagannath, his brother, Balbhadra, and his sister, Subhadra, are taken in procession in three huge chariots or carts that look like temples and are called raths. They go from the Jagannath Temple to be bathed at Gundicha Mandir, a temple about a mile away. This is such a popular festival because all castes are considered equal, and everyone has to eat the food prepared by low caste men at the shrine. More...
In the News

Engineering Everlasting Life

According to Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and the chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, scientists are well on their way to "curing" aging. He believes that advances in technologies such as gene and stem cell therapies will be able to stave off or repair molecular and cellular damage that accumulates throughout the body over time, thereby extending life indefinitely. Though his work has been dismissed by some as pseudoscience, the $20,000 prize offered in 2005 to anyone who shows that de Grey's theory is "so wrong that it is unworthy of learned debate" has yet to be claimed. More...
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