Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

actuate

Definition:(verb) To motivate or incite into action.
Synonyms:incite, motivate, prompt, propel, move
Usage: She hoped he would not be actuated by any such degrading curiosity.
Article of the Day

Wookey Hole Caves

The Wookey Hole Caves of Southwest England have been visited by humans for some 50,000 years for uses ranging from shelter and burial to aging cheddar cheese. They were not extensively explored until the past century, however, because most of the passages are underwater. Archeologists have since discovered Iron-Age artifacts and evidence of a Romano-British cemetery there. One well-known feature of the caves is the Witch of Wookey Hole, a rock formation supposedly explained by what local legend? More...
This Day in History

"Wrong Way" Corrigan Flies from New York to Ireland (1938)

In 1938, American aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan made his infamous, unauthorized transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland. He claimed that during a planned flight to California, foggy conditions and a misread compass made him fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction without noticing. In the years leading up to his "navigational error," he had applied several times for permission to make the transoceanic trip, but was always rejected. How was he punished for his actions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Cagney (1899)

After cutting his teeth on stage as a vaudeville and Broadway song-and-dance man, Cagney established himself as the quintessential gangster in the 1931 film The Public Enemy. He continued to play thugs in films like Angels with Dirty Faces and White Heat and won an Oscar for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He had a passion for farming and died on his secluded farm in 1986. In 1981, he broke a 20-year retirement to appear in one of his last films. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

Jersey justice

A punishment or act of justice that is or appears to be much more severe than the offence warrants. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Birthday (Lesotho) (2017)

Veneration for royalty is still customary for the Basotho, the majority group living in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Accordingly, the birthday of monarch King Letsie III is a momentous occasion. Born in 1963, King Letsie is the son of King Moshoeshoe II, who became Lesotho's first monarch after the country gained full independence from Great Britain in 1966. Many citizens honor the king on his birthday by attending his parade, at which he appears in regal attire and is usually accompanied by his wife, Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso. More...
In the News

Eyes Unreliable Indicator of Truth and Lies

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but it appears that they are of limited value when it comes to figuring out whether someone is lying. Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming claim that certain eye movements—specifically, looking up and to the right—when speaking indicate deception. The theory is that when people visualize a remembered event, their eyes move in a different direction than when they are visualizing a constructed, or imagined, event. However, researchers recorded and analyzed the eye movements of volunteers who were asked to either tell the truth or lie and found no evidence to support this theory. More...
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