Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

inebriate

Definition:(verb) Fill with sublime emotion.
Synonyms:beatify, exhilarate, tickle pink, exalt, thrill
Usage: He receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates.
Article of the Day

Thermobaric Weapons

Also known as fuel-air explosives, thermobaric weapons are considered to be as devastating as some nuclear weapons. Whereas most conventional explosives contain a mixture of fuel and oxygen, thermobaric weapons can hold more fuel because they rely on oxygen from the surrounding air. After a small charge is detonated to disperse the bomb's contents into the air, a second charge is used to ignite the cloud, creating an enormous, high-pressure blast wave. What was the "Father of All Bombs"? More...
This Day in History

Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii's Last Monarch (1891)

Liliuokalani ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt, fostered largely by sugar planters—mostly American residents of Hawaii—that led to her dethronement early in 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Failing in an attempt to regain the throne in 1895, she formally renounced her royal claims. What well-known song was composed by Liliuokalani? More...
Today's Birthday

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. He studied almost every field of scientific investigation and wrote copiously, publishing Sweden's first scientific journal and anticipating many discoveries and inventions. However, his writing gradually shifted toward philosophy and metaphysics. In 1744, he claimed to have had a divine vision. He spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions, and he called himself a servant of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

be hounded (by someone or something)

To be pursued, chased, badgered, or pestered (by someone or something), especially persistently or relentlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Zora! Festival (2017)

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (also known as the Zora! Festival) is an eight-day, multi-disciplinary event held every year in late January in Eatonville, Florida. The Zora! Festival was launched in 1990 to showcase her life and work, as well as to celebrate her hometown and the cultural contributions of people of African descent. It features a three-day street festival of the arts, art exhibits, literary readings, and academic presentations, conferences, and lectures devoted to Hurston and African-American arts in general. More...
In the News

Four Arrested in Connection with Brazil Club Fire

It has been just days since a nightclub fire in Brazil killed 231 people, but already four arrests have been made. The owners of the nightclub and two band members whose pyrotechnics are believed to have triggered the blaze are now in police custody. Officials are still trying to piece together exactly what went wrong at the Kiss nightclub on Sunday morning. Some witnesses allege that bouncers, not realizing that a fire had broken out, at first attempted to bar the only functioning exit to prevent people from leaving without paying their tabs. There are also allegations that the club was operating with an expired fire safety certificate. More...
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