Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

troglodyte

Definition:(noun) A cave dweller, especially one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves.
Synonyms:caveman
Usage: These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travelers and fatten them for his table.
Article of the Day

Planetariums

A planetarium is a building that houses an optical device, also called a planetarium, that projects images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto a domed ceiling. The first modern planetarium was constructed in 1924 for the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. The "space race" of the 1950s and 60s boosted global interest in planetariums, and by the end of the 20th century, there were more than 100 major planetariums worldwide. What device was the forerunner of the planetarium? More...
This Day in History

College Board Administers the First SAT Exam (1926)

The SAT is a standardized test used in college admissions in the US. Developed by Carl Brigham, a Princeton psychologist who worked on the US Army's IQ test, the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926 to over 8,000 test-takers—60% of whom were male. Criticized as being biased toward whites, males, and the middle class, the exam has been modified over the years to improve fairness. Still, its value as a predictor of success in college is debated. What does "SAT" stand for today? More...
Today's Birthday

Alan Mathison Turing (1912)

Turing was a groundbreaking English mathematician and logician who worked on artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. He created the Turing test to determine whether a computer is capable of humanlike thought. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in AI. He also did valuable work in cryptography during WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code. In the midst of his pioneering work, Turing committed suicide after being convicted of what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misery generates hate.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

be still in the game

To remain a contender for success despite setbacks or difficulties. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa de São João do Porto (So Joo Festival) (2017)

June 23, the eve of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, is celebrated each year in Porto, Portugal, with a curious ritual. Festival-goers tap each other on the head with plastic hammers or leeks. Some say the gesture indicates romantic interest, others claim it brings good luck to the recipient. The custom can be traced to pagan times; indeed, the fireworks, music, all-night dancing, and colorful processions that feature on St. John's Eve are more closely allied to pagan summer solstice rituals than religious observances. A large amount of wine is drunk, and grilled sardines are consumed. More...
In the News

Man Robs Bank of $1 to Secure Medical Care

As politicians in the US continue to debate the merits of universal healthcare, individuals in need of medical care may be growing increasingly desperate. One man in particular, an unemployed and uninsure d 59-year-old with a number of health problems, including a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks, and a foot problem, decided that since the incarcerated are guaranteed free healthcare, his only recourse was to rob a bank. To make it abundantly clear that his motives were purely health-related and not monetary, he insisted that the bank teller give him only $1 before sitting down and waiting for the police to arrive and arrest him. More...
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