Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

greenhorn

Definition:(noun) A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.
Synonyms:novice, beginner, apprentice, naïf, learner, ingénue, tyro, newbie, neophyte
Usage: I am a bit of a greenhorn in the kitchen, but I am a fast learner and expect to be cooking like a pro in no time.
Article of the Day

Harriet Tubman

Born Araminta Ross, Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 by the Underground Railroad and almost immediately returned to the South to help others do the same. Hailed as "the Moses of her people," she is believed to have led more than 300 slaves, including her parents and brother, to freedom. During the Civil War, she served the Union in various capacities, including as a nurse and spy. She managed all this despite suffering from debilitating headaches and seizures as a result of what childhood trauma? More...
This Day in History

The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there? More...
Today's Birthday

Meriwether Lewis (1774)

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Raksha Bandhan (2016)

This day, sometimes also referred to as Brother and Sister Day, is celebrated in some parts of India by brothers and sisters to reaffirm their bonds of affection, as well as to perform a ritual of protection. A sister ties a bracelet made of colorful threads and amulets, called a rakhi, on her brother's wrists. The brother in turn may give his sister gifts—a piece of jewelry or money—while promising to protect her. In Nepal, it is a festival for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Brahmins put golden threads around everyone's wrists; they are worn until Diwali. More...
In the News

Science behind Near-Death Experiences

Accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) commonly involve vivid sensory experiences, like visions of a white light or one's life flashing before one's eyes, that are often attributed to supernatural forces. Researchers, however, believe there is a physiological explanation for this phenomenon. In the seconds immediately following cardiac death, rat brains experience a surge of electrical activity. While this has yet to be studied in human brains, it stands to reason that they enter a similar state of hyperactivity after clinical death and that this could give rise to a heightened state of consciousness and induce visions like those often associated with NDEs. More...
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