Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

masjid

Definition:(noun) A Muslim place of worship.
Synonyms:mosque
Usage: Though her friends prayed there often, this was her first visit to the masjid.
Article of the Day

Solar Wind

A solar wind is a stream of ionized hydrogen, helium, and other heavy ions that radiates outward from the sun and reaches velocities of about 1 million mph (1.6 million km/h) during “quiet” periods. It pushes the gas of comets' tails away from the Sun, and its “gusts” cause geomagnetic disturbances and auroras on Earth. It is believed that the solar wind has stripped away up to 1/3 of Mars' original atmosphere. What protects the Earth's atmosphere? More...
This Day in History

Wreck of the "Old 97" (1903)

The Fast Mail, a Southern Railway mail train nicknamed "Old 97," crashed near Danville, Virginia, in 1903. The derailment occurred when the train, which was being operated at a high speed in order to stay on schedule, approached a curve too quickly. It fell from the trestle to the ravine below, killing several people. The accident inspired a famous ballad that has since been recorded by Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie among others. Why did the song become the subject of a copyright dispute? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Adams (1722)

Samuel Adams was an American Revolutionary leader and patriot. In the mid-1760s, he drafted protests against Great Britain's Stamp and Townshend Acts and authored pamphlets designed to stir up sentiment against the British. Adams helped organize the revolutionary Sons of Liberty, was the chief instigator of the Boston Tea Party, served on the Continental Congress, and signed the Declaration of Independence. How was he related to John Adams? More...
Quotation of the Day
A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Chuseok (2015)

This fall harvest festival is marked on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month and is a major national holiday in Korea. On Chuseok, many people travel to spend the holiday with their families. Koreans begin the day with a religious service, then visit the graves of their departed family members and clear away the weeds and grasses around the tombs. Customary activities include wrestling for men, a women's circle song and dance called Gang-gang-sullae, and, in rural areas, a cow or ox game in which men or boys in cow or ox costumes visit houses and beg for something to eat. More...
In the News

Giant Killer Lizards Lived Among Ice-Age Aussies

A tiny bone from underneath a lizard's skin has helped sketch a new picture of life for the first humans living in Australia during the last ice age. In short, there was a monster in their midst, one that could have grown to almost 20 feet long. A ... More...
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