Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

defile

Definition:(verb) To damage or sully (someone's good name, reputation, etc.).
Synonyms:sully, taint, corrupt, cloud
Usage: My father was an honest man, and I will not allow you to defile his memory by publishing an article that casts suspicion on his business dealings.
Article of the Day

Being

Why is there something instead of nothing? This is one of the chief questions that, for millennia, has fueled the existential musings of philosophers who have pondered the concept of "being." Used interchangeably with the word "existence," the term "being" conceptualizes subjective and objective aspects of reality. One's state of being is also a focus of psychology. According to psychiatrist Carl Jung, "the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of" what? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Panama Independence Days (2017)

Panama celebrates two Independence Days: November 28, the anniversary of freedom from Spain, and November 3, the anniversary of independence from Colombia. After gaining independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, Panama joined the Republic of Greater Colombia. For 50 years, Panama struggled for complete autonomy. In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether to let the U.S. build a canal at Panama. With U.S. backing, Panama broke away on November 3, 1903, and the canal was built. November 3 is celebrated with parades and fireworks in Panama City. More...
In the News

Mr. Golden Sun Finally Shines Down on Rjukan

Residents of Rjukan, Norway, have had it with darkness. Located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, the city gets no sunlight for about seven months out of the year. About a century ago, an engineer proposed the idea of using mirrors to reflect sunlight down into the town, and last week, it became a reality. On Wednesday, three large, computer-controlled mirrors installed on one of the surrounding mountaintops began reflecting sunlight into the main square below, where assembled residents relaxed on loungers, played beach volleyball, and sipped cocktails while soaking up the rays. More...
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