Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

odium

Definition:(noun) Strong dislike, contempt, or aversion.
Synonyms:abhorrence, detestation, execration, loathing, abomination
Usage: He rather deserved the odium which he had incurred.
Article of the Day

Survivalism

In the 1970s, widespread fear of imminent natural and artificial disasters and societal collapse led to the development of survivalism, a subculture based on the anticipation of catastrophic events and the preparations involved in surviving disaster. The movement is still popular today. Survivalists stockpile food and water, build shelters, and learn skills that they believe will help them live through apocalyptic chaos. In survivalist terminology, what is a "BOB"? More...
This Day in History

Freckleton Air Disaster (1944)

On the morning of August 23, 1944, an American B-24 bomber aircraft crashed into the village of Freckleton in Lancashire, England, during a fierce storm. The plane hit the Holy Trinity School, three houses, and a snack bar for American servicemen. Fuel from the plane's ruptured fuel tank created an inferno. Of the 61 people killed in the crash and fire, 38 were children. What reportedly widespread belief among the American airmen about British weather may have contributed to the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Krenek (1900)

Krenek was an Austrian-American composer born in Vienna to Czech parents. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and began composing in the 1920s. His 1926 jazz opera, Johnny Strikes Up, was extremely successful and has been translated into many languages. He explored atonal and 12-tone compositions, which lack a definable key. In 1937, Krenek moved to the US, where he became a citizen in 1945. In 1924, he began a short-lived marriage to the daughter of what famous composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

labor under the illusion of/that

To live, operate, or function with the unyielding belief in something, especially that which is fanciful, unrealistic, or untrue. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Vulcanalia (2017)

Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of volcanic or destructive fire. The Vulcanalia, or festival in honor of Vulcan, was held on August 23, right at the time of year when forest fires might be expected and when the stored grain was in danger of burning. For this reason Vulcan's cult was very prominent at Ostia, where Rome's grain was stored. At the Vulcanalia, which was observed in Egypt, in Athens, and in Rome, the priest or flamen Volcanis performed a sacrifice, and the heads of families burned small fish they had caught in the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Surprising Find at the Smithsonian: An Ancient Dolphin Skull

Sometimes, the most fascinating scientific discoveries happen not out in the field, but in dusty archives and museum boxes. Smithsonian paleontologists have identified a cetacean skull, which had been left to the museum more than half a century ago, as ... More...
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