Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

steadfast

Definition:(adjective) Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable.
Synonyms:unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering, firm, steady, stiff
Usage: He remained steadfast in his belief that he had done the right thing.
Article of the Day

James the Just

James the Just was an important figure in early Christianity whose exact relationship to Jesus has been the subject of much debate. Several early sources refer to him as the "brother" of Jesus, and scholars differ about whether he was a half-brother, cousin, or merely a brother in spirit like the other apostles. After Jesus’ crucifixion, James led the Christian movement as the first bishop of Jerusalem. What evidence exists to explain how James might or might not have been related to Jesus? More...
This Day in History

The "Flying Tailor" Dies after Failed Parachute Jump from Eiffel Tower (1912)

Parachutes at the dawn of the aviation age were bulky and, inconveniently, had to be pre-opened. Among those trying to improve upon their design was French tailor Franz Reichelt. He had some success testing his designs on dummies, but he had no evidence that his parachute would work with a real person when he jumped from the Eiffel Tower before a crowd of spectators and reporters. The chute failed to open, and he plummeted to his death. How had he convinced the authorities to allow the jump? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Lindbergh (1902)

In 1927, Lindbergh, an American aviator, made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic in 33.5 hours, landing in Paris to a hero's welcome. He returned to the US a celebrity but moved to England in 1932 to escape the media frenzy surrounding the kidnapping and murder of his son. Returning to the US in 1940, he faced criticism for opposing US entry into WWII. Still, he flew combat missions for the US during the war. He helped invent what device that made open-heart surgery possible? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be a roaring success

To be extremely or triumphantly successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Ice Worm Festival (2017)

This zany mid-winter festival celebrates the emergence of the ice worm in Cordova, Alaska. The highlight of the three-day festival is the procession of a 150-foot-long ice worm followed by 500 or so paraders. Other events include variety shows, ski events, a survival-suit race, a beauty pageant, music, and dances. The celebration began in 1961, and the legend was born then that an ice worm hibernates during the winter in the Cordova Glacier but starts to hatch or wake up in early February. The worm has gained international fame, and the festival draws great crowds of people. More...
In the News

More Than 100 Missing in Ferry Sinking

Some 246 people were rescued following the sinking of a passenger ferry off of the east coast of Papua New Guinea, but scores are still unaccounted for and feared dead. About 350 people, many of them students, were aboard the MV Rabaul Queen when it sank on Thursday. It is possible that many of the missing were trapped inside the ferry when it went under, but rescuers are still searching in the hopes of locating more survivors. More...
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