Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

escapist

Definition:(noun) A person who escapes into a world of fantasy.
Synonyms:wishful thinker, dreamer
Usage: She calls herself a mere optimist, but we believe her unconditionally sunny outlook makes her an escapist.
Article of the Day

The Cliffs of Insanity

The Namurian shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher are a major tourist attraction in Ireland, where they are noted for the spectacular views they provide of the Aran Islands and Connemara. Even in the early 19th century, tourists flocked to the site; and in 1835, O'Brien's Tower, a round stone observation tower located approximately at the midpoint of the cliffs, was built to accommodate the visitors. The cliffs were featured in what popular 1987 cult film as the “Cliffs of Insanity”? More...
This Day in History

Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)

With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon? More...
Today's Birthday

Kamehameha V (1830)

After Kamehameha V succeeded his brother as king of Hawaii in 1863, he tried to restore the old tribal ways. He proclaimed a new constitution that restored power to the monarch, weakened the legislature, and restricted suffrage. He even refused to allow the sale of alcohol. Under his reign, the influence of American missionaries waned rapidly. On his 42nd birthday, he died without an heir, bringing the Kamehameha dynasty to an end. How did Mark Twain describe the king during his stay in Hawaii? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

First Night of Hanukkah (2020)

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and while the candles burn it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel. More...
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