Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

nuptial

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to a wedding.
Synonyms:bridal, spousal
Usage: My fiancé was less than thrilled when I suggested that we write our own nuptial vows.
Article of the Day

Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Shortly after conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel were born in 1990, doctors determined that there was little chance both girls would survive separation, so their parents elected not to attempt it. Now in their 20s, the twins were raised away from the media spotlight in Minnesota. They share a single torso and two legs, and though each controls one side of the body, they are able to coordinate their movements enough to swim, bike, and even drive. Who controls what behind the wheel? More...
This Day in History

Priest Attempts to Assassinate the Pope in Portugal (1982)

Almost a year to the day after Pope John Paul II was shot by a Turkish gunman, a priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn attacked the pontiff with a bayonet. It was long thought that the would-be assassin was restrained before he could wound the pope, but a former aide now claims that the pope was indeed injured. During his trial, Krohn accused the pope of being a secret communist agent in league with the USSR. How long was his prison sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav I of Sweden (1496?)

Considered the father of modern Sweden, Gustav I was king of Sweden and founder of the Vasa dynasty. A senator's son, he became a leader in the rebellion against the Danes, who controlled most of Sweden. In 1523—having won Sweden's independence—he was elected king. He was an autocratic ruler and built a strong monarchy and an efficient administration. Aside from his temper, he was known for his love of music and sly wit. How did being beaten with a baking implement supposedly save his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in the sticks

In the countryside, especially in a rustic or particularly unsophisticated area. More...
Today's Holiday

Bun Bang Fai (2017)

Bun Bang Fai is a rain ceremony celebrated in Laos and northeastern Thailand. In Laos, this is one of the country's wildest celebrations, with music and irreverent dances, processions, and merrymaking. The celebration ends with the firing of bamboo rockets into the sky, supposedly prompting the heavens to commence the rainy season. In Thailand, the celebration is usually on the second weekend in May and is especially festive in Yasothon, with villagers shooting off huge rockets. Before the shooting, there are beauty parades, folk dances, and ribald entertainment. More...
In the News

"Social Jet Lag" Widening Waistlines

Following a different sleep schedule on weekdays and weekends disrupts circadian rhythms and could lead to weight gain. A recent study found that people with different weekday and weekend sleep schedules were significantly more likely to be overweight. There was also a correlation between the magnitude of sleep schedule discrepancy and body mass index. Sleep researchers are calling the discrepancy between the demands of one's social schedule and the desires of the body's internal clock "social jet lag" and compare the effects of irregular weekend sleep patterns to flying from Paris to New York on Friday nights only to make the return trip on Monday mornings. More...
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