Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

effulgence

Definition:(noun) A brilliant radiance.
Synonyms:refulgence, shine, radiance
Usage: It is another sun—an entirely different sun—that casts its eternal noonday effulgence upon the face of the inner world.
Article of the Day

Maple Syrup

A popular topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and the like, maple syrup comes from the sap of sugar maple and black maple trees. In springtime, taps inserted in the trees begin flowing with sap, which is collected, strained, and concentrated by boiling. Native Americans were the first to prepare syrup from maple sap, using hot rocks or freezing to concentrate the sap. They shared their methods with arriving colonists—and the rest is history. What is produced by boiling down maple syrup? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)

Having starred in four Superman movies beginning in 1978, Reeve was an immensely popular actor by the 1990s. He was also an avid athlete and equestrian. During an event in 1995, his horse spooked before a jump, throwing Reeve. He landed on his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He briefly considered suicide, but instead spent the rest of his life campaigning for spinal injury research. His friend Robin Williams was the first person to make Reeve laugh after the accident. How? More...
Today's Birthday

Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)

Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date. Why did Vanderbilt, who had 13 children, leave nearly everything to just one son? More...
Quotation of the Day
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. More...
Today's Holiday

Ramadan (2017)

The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with the actual sighting of the new moon, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This holiest season in the Islamic year commemorates the time when the Qur'an, the Islamic holy book, is said to have been revealed to Muhammad. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time for self-examination and increased religious devotion. The Fast of Ramadan ends when the new moon is again sighted and the new lunar month begins. More...
In the News

Monster Dinosaur Find in Argentina

Paleontologists have unearthed evidence in Argentina of what may have been the largest creature ever to walk the Earth. The fossilized bones, believed to be those of a previously unknown species of herbivorous titanosaur that roamed the forests of Patagonia some 95 to 100 million years ago, suggest it was 130 ft (40 m) long from head to tail, stood 65 ft (20 m) tall, and weighed a whopping 85 tons—the equivalent of 14 African elephants. More...
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