Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

redact

Definition:(verb) Formulate in a particular style or language.
Synonyms:couch, put, frame, cast
Usage: Your presentation is solid, but I have asked Michael to redact portions of the text to make it more accessible to our Japanese business partners.
Article of the Day

The Holman Projector

The Holman Projector was introduced by the British military in 1940. Mounted on ships, it used compressed air or steam to launch hand grenades at enemy aircraft. Though it rarely hit them, the grenades it launched produced deceptively large clouds of smoke that gave enemies the impression that a much more deadly weapon was firing upon them. A demonstration of the gun for Winston Churchill was once nearly scrapped for want of grenades but was saved when what unusual ordinance was supplied? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Escape from an Aircraft Using the Ejection Seat (1942)

Ejection seats are used in aircraft to quickly propel occupants out in an emergency. Today, they are fired by an explosive charge, but the first ejection seats were powered by compressed air. One of the first aircrafts to be fitted with such a system was the German Heinkel He 280 prototype jet fighter. While testing the He 280 during WWII, pilot Helmut Schenk became the first person to use an ejection seat to make an emergency escape from an aircraft. What went wrong during his test flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoinette Bourignon (1616)

Bourignon was a Flemish Christian mystic. After spending a short time in a convent and as head of an orphanage, she gathered a fanatical following at Amsterdam, believing herself divinely directed to restore the pure spirit of the Gospel. Moving from place to place, she took her printing press with her and disseminated her teachings. Her mystical ideas found particular favor in Scotland, where Bourignianism was declared a heresy. Why did Bourignon flee her home in 1636? More...
Quotation of the Day
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hold (one's) water

To be calm or patient; to stop making pressing demands, requests, or solicitations. More...
Today's Holiday

Death of George Fox (2017)

George Fox (1624-1691) was the founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, which he organized in 1650 to protest the overly formal religion of his time. Fox believed that creeds and scriptures were unimportant in religion; all that really counted was the divine light of Christ as it manifested itself in all people. Church was merely a gathering of friends who were guided by the Inner Light and who were thus able to provide guidance for each other. Quakers all over the world observe the anniversary of their founder's death in their meetinghouses. More...
In the News

Flu Outbreak Causing Health Emergencies in US Cities

A major flu outbreak is sickening thousands across the US and has already claimed dozens of lives. A public health emergency has been declared in Boston, Massachusetts, which already has 700 reported cases of the flu, compared with 70 last season. North Carolina, meanwhile, is seeing more flu activity than it has in a decade. Hospital emergency rooms are being pushed to capacity, and in many cases beyond capacity, with the sudden influx of flu patients. Experts are advising anyone who is sick to stay home from work or school and are recommending that people get vaccinated if they have not already done so. More...
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