Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

unfurl

Definition:(verb) To spread or open (something) out or become spread or opened out.
Synonyms:unroll
Usage: Unfurl your wings, and fly into superhuman regions…and if your wings, like those of Icarus, melt before the sun, we are here to ease your fall.
Article of the Day

King Oedipus

In Greek mythology, Oedipus was a king of Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. In the most familiar version of the story, Laius, king of Thebes, was warned by an oracle that his son would kill him. He abandoned the infant Oedipus on a mountain, but the baby was saved by a shepherd and adopted by the king of Corinth. When Oedipus learned from the Delphic oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother, he fled Corinth to escape this fate. What happened next? More...
This Day in History

Alger Hiss Is Released from Prison (1954)

Though Hiss maintained his innocence until his death in 1996, the controversy surrounding his case persists today. Once a US government official, Hiss was accused before the House Un-American Activities Committee of spying for Russia. Though he could not be tried for espionage under the statute of limitations, he was convicted of perjury and served 44 months in prison. Many believed he had been wrongly convicted. However, Soviet files released in 1996 seem to implicate him. Who was his accuser? More...
Today's Birthday

Anders Celsius (1701)

Celsius was a Swedish astronomer who published observations of the aurora borealis and supervised the building of an observatory at Uppsala, Sweden, where he pioneered the measurement of the brightness of stars. Today, however, he is better known for an invention that has been adopted by almost the entire world—the centigrade, or Celsius, thermometer. Originally, his temperature scale had 0 as its boiling point and 100 as its freezing point. Who reversed the numbers after Celsius died? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum—"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am."

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

the keys to the kingdom

A resource that will give the possessor access to the most complete or profound knowledge or power possible in a given area or pursuit. A reference to Matthew 16:19, when Jesus said to Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." More...
Today's Holiday

Zwiebelmarkt (2017)

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events. More...
In the News

Underweight People at Greater Risk after Surgery

For many, the battle of the bulge is an endless struggle. But now there is some good news for those who have packed on a few extra pounds: They are less likely to die while recovering from surgery than people who are underweight. Data on nearly 190,000 surgical patients from 183 different hospitals show that underweight patients have a 40 percent higher risk of dying in the month following surgery than patients who are overweight. More...
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