Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

roughage

Definition:(noun) Coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis.
Synonyms:fiber
Usage: Fruits and vegetables should be eaten every day to ensure that one gets enough roughage in his diet.
Article of the Day

Looted Art

For millennia, artworks have been looted during times of war. By the time Alexander the Great invaded Egypt in 332 BCE, the tombs of almost all the Pharaohs had already been looted, and as recently as the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, thieves looted Baghdad's national museum. Much of the Louvre's collection was amassed through Napoleon's systematic plundering, an example the Nazis followed in WWII, looting an estimated 20% of the art in Europe. What happened to this art after Germany's defeat? More...
This Day in History

Rutan Voyager Completes First Nonstop Flight around the World without Refueling (1986)

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who first conceived of the craft and sketched it on the back of a napkin in 1981, the Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and landed there nine days later. The aircraft more than doubled the previous record of un-refueled flight set by a US Air Force B-52 in 1962. How much does the Rutan Voyager weigh? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805)

Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1827, he claimed that an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing God's revelation, which he translated as the Book of Mormon. He led converts to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and introduced the custom of polygamy. When in 1844 he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the US, he and his brother were thrown in jail, where they were killed by a lynch mob. What happened to the church after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

heave into view

To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. More...
Today's Holiday

Night of the Radishes (2016)

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. More...
In the News

Lucky Lamborghini Winner Reckless or Luckless?

Car enthusiasts will likely wince when they hear what one US man who won a $380,000 Murcielago Roadster did just hours after it was delivered—he crashed it. David Dopp was giving family and friends rides in his new luxury sports car when it hit a patch of ice, started spinning, and crashed through some fence posts before coming to rest in a field. The Lamborghini sustained front-end damage, a punctured wheel, and scratches. Luckily for Dopp, the car was insured and will be repaired. Once the car is fixed, however, Dopp will have to part with it for good. The taxes on the car and the $7,000 annual insurance premiums are beyond his means, so he will have to sell it. More...
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