Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 06, 2016)
Word of the Day

husbandman

Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Synonyms:farmer, granger, sodbuster
Usage: The husbandman will not make his own plough or mattock, or other implements of agriculture, if they are to be good for anything.
Article of the Day

Escape from Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III was a German prisoner-of-war camp in Poland during WWII that at one time housed some 10,000 allied airmen. It is best known for the 1944 tunneling escape immortalized in the book and film The Great Escape, which recount the true story of a group of prisoners who dug three escape shafts using ventilation ducts, air pumps, electric lights, and even a rail car system to move the dirt. How many of the 76 men who emerged from the one finished tunnel ultimately reached safety? 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
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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 (2016)

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

Scientists Have Just Seen Birds Sleep during Flight for the First Time Ever

Scientists have been able to observe birds falling asleep mid-flight for the first time - an ability that's long been suspected but never been proven. But even though researchers had thought this might be the case, the new research shows that the way ... More...
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