Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

vainglorious

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or exhibiting excessive vanity; boastful.
Synonyms:swelled, big
Usage: I saw right through the vainglorious young man and rejected his advances.
Article of the Day

The Flywheel

A flywheel is a heavy metal wheel attached to a drive shaft to help steady the shaft's rotation and store kinetic energy. Due to inertia, the heavy wheel resists changes in speed once it is spinning, and thus it helps to moderate fluctuations in the speed of an engine. By slowly increasing the speed of the flywheel over a period of time, a small motor can store up enough energy to perform a function for which it is ordinarily too small. What part of an automobile engine makes use of a flywheel? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Khe Sanh Begins (1968)

Located near the demilitarized zone that marked the border between North and South Vietnam, Khe Sanh was the site of a protracted battle during the Vietnam War. It involved months of near-constant artillery attacks on the local US Marine base, matched by a bombing barrage of surrounding areas by US planes. The US forces retained the base but gained no advantage, and both sides suffered heavy casualties. Why do some historians believe the North Vietnamese never intended to capture the base? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophia Jex-Blake (1840)

In 1858, Jex-Blake enrolled in college against the wishes of her parents. She struggled to find a medical school that would accept women, and though she persuaded the University of Edinburgh to admit her, she could not graduate. She took her fight to Parliament, which passed a law enabling women to receive medical degrees. Jex-Blake founded two medical schools for women, and, after obtaining her degree in 1877, became the third female doctor in the UK. What became of her Edinburgh home? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (2021)

A cloth painting of the Virgin Mary is the focus of a yearly celebration in the Dominican Republic. It was painted by a Spanish artist and brought to the Dominican Republic in the early 1500s. The portrait, which was crowned by a gold and silver tiara by Pope John Paul II in 1978, is located in a basilica in the city of Higuey, in the province of Altagracia. Every year on January 21, thousands of pilgrims visit the Higuey cathedral to worship. The feast day is a national holiday and is marked by all-night church services, singing, dancing, and festivals. More...
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