Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

flattop

Definition:(noun) A large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for take-offs and landings.
Synonyms:aircraft carrier
Usage: Before the invasion, the general ordered a large flattop to anchor several miles offshore to facilitate a swift aerial attack.
Article of the Day

Lucid Dreaming

In a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is often possible to exert conscious control over characters and environments, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Children tend to enter such dream states more easily than adults, but there are techniques one can learn to intentionally induce a lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is sometimes suggested as a remedy for what disorder? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is influenced by no consideration, recognizes no restraints of reason, and is of the same nature as death, that assails alike the lofty palaces of kings and the humble cabins of shepherds; and when it takes entire possession of a heart, the first thing it does is to banish fear and shame from it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) view

In someone's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Flores de Mayo (2017)

Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls. More...
In the News

Ancient Human Bones Show Evidence of a Hungry Hyena Encounter

The bones of an early human that lived in Morocco half-a-million years ago show evidence of a dinner date with a hyena. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, researchers led by Camille Daujeard of the French National Museum of Natural History ... More...
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