Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

cleave

Definition:(verb) Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.
Synonyms:rive, split
Usage: The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.
Article of the Day

Hannibal Lecter

Among the most memorable literary and film villains of all time, Lecter is a character in the series of psychological thriller novels by author Thomas Harris. Introduced in Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Lecter is best known from the film adaptation of its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. In the film, Lecter is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his chilling performance. What other actors have played Hannibal Lecter? More...
This Day in History

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses (1940)

Four months after it opened to traffic, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound in Washington state. During construction, workers had noticed that the deck demonstrated an unusual amount of vertical movement in windy conditions, but few expected "Galloping Gertie" to suffer such a catastrophic failure. The collapse led to major changes in suspension bridge design. Thankfully, no people were killed when the bridge came down. What was the only fatality caused by the collapse? More...
Today's Birthday

Konrad Lorenz (1903)

As a boy, Lorenz nursed sick animals from the local zoo. He became a zoologist and studied the behavior of birds, emphasizing innate as opposed to learned behaviors and focusing on imprinting, a rapid learning process in young animals that establishes behavior patterns. Lorenz later examined human thought and aggression, making controversial analogies between human and animal behavior in his 1963 book On Aggression. For his scientific efforts, he shared the 1973 Nobel Prize with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Lakshmi Puja (2018)

The annual festival in honor of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi is held in the autumn, when Hindus of all castes ask for her blessings. Lights shine from every house, and no one sleeps during the celebrations. Lakshmi is traditionally associated with wealth, prosperity, and good luck. In later Hindu literature, she appears as the dutiful wife of the god Vishnu and is typically portrayed massaging his feet while he rests on the cosmic serpent, Shesa. She remains a popular Hindu goddess to this day in India, where she is a special patron of shopkeepers. More...
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