Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

somatic

Definition:(adjective) Affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit.
Synonyms:corporeal, bodily
Usage: Though anxiety attacks are psychological in nature, they have numerous somatic effects, including palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
Article of the Day

Ice Hotels

Ice hotels are temporary buildings made entirely out of snow and sculptured ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers to resort areas. In the Swedish ice hotel at Kiruna, one of the most famous ice hotels, even the bar glasses are made of ice. A one-night stay at the hotel costs close to four hundred dollars. Guests should probably mind the check-out time, however, because the hotel begins to melt away after May. More...
This Day in History

Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on "death marches" during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help. What did the prisoners do when they received word that the Americans were coming to liberate them? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (1862)

Hughes was an American statesman and jurist. He served as governor of New York and as a Supreme Court justice before losing the 1916 presidential race, one of the closest in US history. It has been reported that, on the night of the election, Hughes went to bed believing he had won. According to the story, a reporter later called and was told that "the president is asleep," to which he responded, "When he wakes up, tell him he isn't the president." What did Hughes do after losing the election? More...
Quotation of the Day
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Hanuman Jayanti (2017)

Hanuman, the Monkey God and a central figure in the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, helped Rama rescue his wife Sita from the demon Ravana; for this Rama decreed the two always be worshipped together. He is revered by Hindus all over India in the form of a monkey with a red face who stands erect like a human. His birth anniversary is observed in the month of Caitra with celibacy, fasting, and reading the Hanuman-Chalisa. Hindus visit his temples, of which there are many, to offer prayers on this day and to re-paint his image with vermilion. More...
In the News

Heartbleed Bug Major Web Security Flaw

Computer experts have discovered a major security flaw in the popular Web encryption program OpenSSL that makes servers running it vulnerable to data theft by hackers. The scope of this problem is considerable; about two-thirds of Web servers rely on OpenSSL, and the vulnerability—appropriately dubbed Heartbleed—had gone undetected for about two years. Because the issue is rooted in server software, there is little consumers can do to protect their information until the sites they frequent upgrade their software. Many major Web firms have already taken steps to secure user data, but experts say it could be years before all affected sites and devices are updated. More...
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