Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

misgiving

Definition:(noun) (Often plural) A feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt.
Synonyms:unease, worry, anxiety, suspicion, reservation, hesitation, distrust, qualm, trepidation, scruple, dubiety
Usage: Within all was dark; but she entered as freely and with as little misgiving or restraint as if it had been broad daylight.
Article of the Day

Brazen Head

Medieval Europe's version of the Magic 8 Ball, the legendary brazen head was a purportedly prophetic device said to be able to correctly answer any question put to it. Accounts of these devices differ—some are described as mechanical, others as magical—but they always take the form of a man's head. Brazen heads were so widely accepted that even writers, philosophers, and religious leaders allegedly made use of them. What work, often considered the first great novel, features such a head? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Delivered to Harvey's Resort Hotel (1980)

After losing a substantial amount of money gambling at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, John Birges devised a plan to recoup his losses. On August 26, 1980, he planted a bomb containing nearly 1,000 pounds (453 kg) of dynamite at the casino. His attempt to extort millions of dollars failed, but so did efforts to disarm his sophisticated, tamper-proof bomb. The resulting explosion destroyed much of the casino on August 27. No one was injured. How did experts try to disarm the bomb? More...
Today's Birthday

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, AKA Mother Teresa (1910)

In 1927, 17-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu left her native Macedonia and became a Catholic nun in India, changing her name to Teresa. She never saw her family again. Her decades of devoted charity to the poor earned her global recognition and a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. Though she was a prominent religious figure, she suffered from a crisis of faith that lasted decades. Since her death in 1997, she has rapidly progressed toward being declared a saint. Why was an exorcism once performed on Mother Teresa? More...
Quotation of the Day
What would any of us have been, if our fathers hadn't drawed our faculties out of us?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

land-poor

Owning a large amount of land that is unprofitable and being without the means to maintain it or capitalize on its fertility. More...
Today's Holiday

Paryushana (Paryushan Parva) (2017)

Like most other Jaina festivals, the Paryushana festival is observed by focusing on the 10 cardinal virtues: forgiveness, charity, simplicity, contentment, truthfulness, self-restraint, fasting, detachment, humility, and continence. Believers ask those whom they may have offended to forgive them, and friendships that have lapsed during the year are restored. The Paryushana festival is observed all over India in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). More...
In the News

Voyager 1 May Have Exited the Solar System

Launched in September 1977, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe has been traveling through space for nearly 36 years and may have become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Experts are divided on the meaning of a dramatic change in the particles and rays detected by the probe last year, but some believe it indicates a crossing over into interstellar space. Others think it has entered a previously unknown region, a so-called magnetic highway, between the heliosphere and interstellar space. Powered by radioactive plutonium, Voyager 1 is expected to remain operative for about another decade. More...
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