Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

inestimable

Definition:(adjective) Beyond calculation or measure.
Synonyms:incomputable, immeasurable
Usage: Human life is of inestimable value.
Article of the Day

Cartomancy

Cartomancy is a form of divination, or fortune-telling, involving playing cards. Cards made their way to Europe in the 14th century, probably from Egypt. By the 15th century, cards with allegorical illustrations, or tarots, began appearing in Europe. Divination using these cards is in evidence as early as 1540, but it appears that the cards themselves were only later assigned specific divinatory meanings. Clubs in cartomancy signify power and are associated with what fiery mythical creature? More...
This Day in History

Samuel Morse Successfully Tests the Electrical Telegraph (1838)

In 1832, Morse, an American painter-turned-inventor, began working on a system for transmitting messages as electrical pulses across a wire. Five years later, he was granted a patent for his electromagnetic telegraph, and he successfully tested the device a year after that. Public use of Morse's telegraph system, as well as the code he developed to represent letters and numbers as electrical pulses, began in 1844 and lasted over 100 years. What was the first message sent on the public system? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard II of England (1367)

Richard II was perhaps the most enigmatic of the English kings, reigning from 1377 to 1399. He inherited the throne as a boy, but his uncle John of Gaunt and other nobles dominated the government, limiting his power. Taking revenge, he banished John's son, Henry, and confiscated his vast Lancastrian estates. Not long after, while Richard was away on an expedition, Henry returned and seized power. Forced to abdicate, Richard was imprisoned and died in captivity. What likely caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the bosoms of this people, thus heterogeneously composed, there was burning, kindled at different furnaces, but all furnaces of affliction, one clear, steady flame of liberty.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

hit the gas

To move quickly; to accelerate or go faster. Used especially while riding in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Dezome-shiki (New Year's Parade of Firemen) (2017)

Each year on January 6, the Tokyo Fire Department hosts a parade of vehicles and a display of ladder stunts to remind citizens of the dangers of fire. The event dates from the Edo Period. In those days, ladders were indispensable tools, and the firefighters needed great agility and strength to scale them. The highlight of the present-day parade hearkens back to this tradition, as men dressed from the Edo Period perform acrobatic stunts on bamboo ladders. The event also features large-scale fire-fighting and emergency drills, and a parade of more than 100 fire engines and helicopters. More...
In the News

Gym May Help Kids Get Good Grades

Many schools looking to trim their budgets and improve students' academic performance are cutting physical education programs to increase classroom time, but this strategy may actually do more harm than good. A review of 14 studies involving more than 12,000 children finds a strong positive link between physical activity level and academic performance. Researchers suggest that exercise could improve cognition by increasing blood flow to the brain and that physical activity might help kids pay attention in class by improving their moods, reducing their stress levels, and teaching them discipline. More...
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