Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

perspicacity

Definition:(noun) The capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.
Synonyms:judgment
Usage: It was a marvelous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
Article of the Day

The Dreamachine

Developed in the early 1960s primarily by British artist Brion Gysin, the Dreamachine is a device designed to create visual hallucinations when viewed through closed eyelids. It is made of a light bulb suspended inside a perforated cylinder mounted on a record player. When it revolves, the light is said to flash at the same frequency as brain waves during relaxation, creating an intense visual experience while the viewer's eyes remain closed. Why is it dangerous for about one in 10,000 people? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Chalons (451 CE)

Perhaps one of the most important battles of late antiquity, the Battle of Chalons is known only from written records and its exact location remains a mystery, though it probably took place in northeastern France. In this battle, the Romans and Visigoths stopped the advance of the Huns under Attila and, some say, preserved Western civilization. The battle was brutal, and legend holds that the ghosts of the dead continued to fight for days. By some accounts, the battle was fought over what woman? More...
Today's Birthday

Errol Flynn (1909)

As a young man, the Australian-born Flynn led an adventurous life, pursuing various careers in the Pacific before taking up acting in England. He soon became a Hollywood star, playing swashbuckling heroes in such films as Captain Blood and Robin Hood. Scandals involving drinking and womanizing marred his reputation, and his career faltered until a lauded return in The Sun Also Rises in 1957. Numerous legends surround the circumstances of his death. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although the Devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

in no way

Not at all; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

West Virginia Day (2017)

West Virginia Day is a state holiday in West Virginia to celebrate its joining the Union in 1863 as the 35th state. The creation of the state was a result of the Civil War. The settlers of western Virginia defied the state's vote to secede from the Union, and on June 20 West Virginia formally entered the Union as an anti-slave state. The day is marked with ceremonies at the state capitol in Charleston and at the West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. It was there that the conventions were held to declare West Virginia's independence from Virginia. More...
In the News

Spear Successfully Removed from Teen's Skull

A Florida teen who was accidentally shot through the skull with a spear is now recovering after surgeons removed the projectile. The 16-year-old boy was spearfishing with a friend when a speargun fired accidentally while it was being reloaded. Doctors had to cut part of the spear, which had been protruding 3 feet (1 m) from his forehead, so he could be X-rayed. The spear, which entered his skull just above his right eye and exited the back of his head, was then removed. Doctors say the spear miraculously missed all of the main blood vessels in the brain. The boy is still in serious condition and is expected to remain in the hospital for several months. More...
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