Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

shenanigan

Definition:(noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others.
Synonyms:mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality
Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy's shenanigans and sent him to the principal's office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out.
Article of the Day

Ask and Embla

In Norse mythology, the first two creatures were the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumla. Ymir fathered a race of giants, and Audhumla created the first god, Buri. Buri's son, Borr, fathered the gods Odin, Vili, and Ve, who together destroyed Ymir and from his body fashioned the heavens and the earth. From two trees, the gods created the first man and woman—Ask and Embla. Ask's name derives from an Old Norse word meaning "ash tree"—from which he was formed. What is the derivation of Embla's name? More...
This Day in History

USSR Begins Drilling World's Deepest Hole (1970)

The Kola Superdeep Borehole project was an attempt to dig as far as possible into the Earth's crust. It began when, in 1970, following setbacks in the Space Race, Soviet scientists looked downward. Digging on the remote Kola Peninsula for some 20 years, they reached a depth of 40,230 feet (12,262 m)—about a third of the way through the Earth's crust—before being forced to stop due to higher-than-expected temperatures of 350° F (180° C). Surprisingly, water was found at what depth? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Brodsky (1940)

Soon after Brodsky began writing poetry in the USSR in the 1950s, he was accused by the government of "social parasitism" and sentenced to hard labor. Exiled in 1972, he settled in New York and began writing in English. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1987 and was poet laureate of the US for a time. His poetry, with its themes of loss and exile, is highly regarded for its intensity, depth, and wit. What was his retort when a Soviet judge once asked him, "Who enrolled you in the ranks of poets?" More...
Quotation of the Day
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

keep (one's) slate clean

To maintain an impeccable record; to refrain from committing any mistakes or wrongdoings. More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) (2017)

Jerusalem Day commemorates the capture and reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War (on 28 Iyyar 5727 on the Jewish calendar—June 7, 1967), after which Israel gained possession of the Old City of Jerusalem and other Arab lands. Although there are no specific rituals connected with this holiday, it is common to recite the Hallel (Psalms 115-118), Psalm 107, and the Aleinu, or concluding prayer. Because this day falls during the Lag ba-Omer period, the mourning customs traditionally observed during this time are suspended for the day. More...
In the News

Crossing Arms May Minimize Pain

Researchers say that crossing one's arms after a hand injury may help relieve the pain. In a recent study, participants were exposed to a painful stimulus on their hands both when their arms were crossed and not crossed. Not only did they rate the sensation as less intensely painful when their arms were crossed, but their brain responses as measured using electroencephalography showed that the perception of pain was weaker too. It is possible that putting the hands on the "wrong" side of the body disrupts the brain's processing of sensory stimuli. More...
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