Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

elusion

Definition:(noun) The act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning).
Synonyms:slip
Usage: There was not much time, however, for thought or elusion, and she yielded as calmly as she could to the necessity of letting him overtake her.
Article of the Day

The Angora Rabbit

A popular pet of 18th-century French royalty, the Angora rabbit is a striking-looking variety of domestic rabbit that resembles a large, fluffy snowball. Its long, silky wool is valued for its softness and fluffiness and is often used in knit apparel like sweaters. It is important that these rabbits are regularly groomed and have their wool harvested; otherwise their coats can become matted or be ingested by the animal and cause digestive problems. How big can Angora rabbits get? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Escape from an Aircraft Using the Ejection Seat (1942)

Ejection seats are used in aircraft to quickly propel occupants out in an emergency. Today, they are fired by an explosive charge, but the first ejection seats were powered by compressed air. One of the first aircrafts to be fitted with such a system was the German Heinkel He 280 prototype jet fighter. While testing the He 280 during WWII, pilot Helmut Schenk became the first person to use an ejection seat to make an emergency escape from an aircraft. What went wrong during his test flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoinette Bourignon (1616)

Bourignon was a Flemish Christian mystic. After spending a short time in a convent and as head of an orphanage, she gathered a fanatical following at Amsterdam, believing herself divinely directed to restore the pure spirit of the Gospel. Moving from place to place, she took her printing press with her and disseminated her teachings. Her mystical ideas found particular favor in Scotland, where Bourignianism was declared a heresy. Why did Bourignon flee her home in 1636? More...
Quotation of the Day
Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hold (one's) water

To be calm or patient; to stop making pressing demands, requests, or solicitations. More...
Today's Holiday

Death of George Fox (2017)

George Fox (1624-1691) was the founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, which he organized in 1650 to protest the overly formal religion of his time. Fox believed that creeds and scriptures were unimportant in religion; all that really counted was the divine light of Christ as it manifested itself in all people. Church was merely a gathering of friends who were guided by the Inner Light and who were thus able to provide guidance for each other. Quakers all over the world observe the anniversary of their founder's death in their meetinghouses. More...
In the News

Parasites Responsible for "Zom-Bees"

For some unknown reason, honeybees have been dying out en masse in recent years, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. However, some bees collected by a biology professor to feed a praying mantis may be the key to unearthing just what is causing the colonies to disappear. The bees, he discovered, had been infected by parasitic flies. Further observation revealed that the flies deposit their eggs in bees' abdomens, causing them to abandon their hives and exhibit zombie-like behavior such as wandering in circles and congregating near lights. After about a week they die, and the fly larvae emerge. More...
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