Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

prefatory

Definition:(adjective) Serving as an introduction or preface.
Synonyms:introductory
Usage: Without wasting a moment in prefatory words of any sort, I entered on my narrative.
Article of the Day

Margery Kempe: Mother, Mystic, Madwoman

Dating to the 15th century and discovered in its entirety in 1934, The Book of Margery Kempe is perhaps the first autobiography in the English language. Dictated to a scribe by the apparently illiterate Kempe, it chronicles her travels as a religious pilgrim and provides an in-depth account of a middle-class woman's experience in the Middle Ages. The mother of 14 claims that after the birth of her first child, she fell into a bout of madness and had a vision that called on her to do what? More...
This Day in History

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov Becomes First Man to Spend a Day in Space (1961)

Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut and the second man to orbit the Earth, preceded just months earlier by Yuri Gagarin, with whom he had trained. At 25 years old, Titov was selected to fly the Vostok 2 mission and spent 25 hours in space, completing 17 Earth orbits. The mission brought him several impressive designations: youngest person to fly in space, first person to experience space sickness, and first person to sleep in space. Though he overslept, what strange occurrence initially kept him up? More...
Today's Birthday

Nicolas Malebranche (1638)

Malebranche was a French priest, theologian, and philosopher who developed a synthesis of Cartesian and Augustinian thought with the purpose of reconciling the new science with Christian theology. Beginning with Descartes's dualism between mind and body, Malebranche developed his doctrine of occasionalism, which denies any interaction between the two realms. He summarized his beliefs in his famous assertion that we see all things in God, which led to an extended controversy with what theologian? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a bit beyond (one's) ken

Advanced beyond one's ability to understand or make sense of the subject matter or task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Transfiguration

As described in the first three Gospels, Jesus took his three closest disciples to a mountaintop to pray. While he was praying, his face shone like the sun and his garments became glistening white. Then a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from within the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." This feast is observed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans. The mountaintop on which the Transfiguration took place is traditionally believed to be Mount Tabor, a few miles east of Nazareth in Galilee. More...
In the News

Moo-ve Over Cows, There's a New Burger in Town

The reviews are in, and it seems the world's first almost-cowless beef burger leaves a lot to be desired. On Monday, two food writers had the unique opportunity to taste the first hamburger ever made from lab-grown meat. Their reviews were less than stellar. One described the patty as having an "animal protein cake" quality, and even the scientist behind the project acknowledged that the meat's flavor needs improvement. Still, for something grown in a laboratory from cattle stem cells, it was not a bad first attempt. More...
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