Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

delude

Definition:(verb) To deceive the mind or judgment of.
Synonyms:cozen, deceive, lead on
Usage: You cannot delude me into believing that you ate your vegetables, because I saw you feeding broccoli to the dog!
Article of the Day

Masks

Masks have been worn since the Stone Age, chiefly to impersonate supernatural beings or animals in ceremonies but also for theatrical and practical purposes. In ancient Egypt, Asia, and the Inca civilization, death masks were used to facilitate the spirit's journey in the afterlife. In ancient Greece, masks were used in the theater to represent specific characters, portray emotion, and amplify the speaker’s voice. Why did some doctors in the Middle Ages wear beaked masks? More...
This Day in History

United States Launches Explorer I (1958)

Explorer I was the first American satellite. It was launched four months after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was put into orbit by the Soviet Union, beginning the so-called space race. Although it carried a number of instruments, Explorer I was relatively small, weighing just 30 lbs (13 kg). It stopped transmission of data later in 1958, when its batteries died, but remained in orbit for more than 12 years. Where did it make its fiery reentry? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (1919)

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on and off the field, Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number in 1997. How many times did he "steal home" during his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

house poor

Having the majority of one's income going towards the high costs of one's home, such as mortgage or rent, property tax, utilities, etc., leaving very little money remaining for other expenditures. More...
Today's Holiday

Up-Helly-Aa (2017)

This ancient fire festival is observed by people of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. In pre-Christian times, their Norse ancestors welcomed the return of the sun god with Yule, a 24-day period of feasting, storytelling, and bonfires. The last night of the festival was called Up-Helly-Aa, or "End of the Holy Days." Today, a group known as the Guizers builds a 31-foot model of a Viking longship in honor of the Viking invaders who remained in Scotland. On the night of Up-Helly-Aa, the Guizers dress in Norse costumes and carry the boat to an open field. There, they throw lit torches into the ship and burn it. More...
In the News

Magic Mushrooms Could be Key to Treating Depression

Studies of the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, show that rather than increase brain activity, as was previously believed, the drug actually suppresses activity in areas of the brain associated with depression. Some antidepressants also target activity in these brain regions, leading researchers to wonder whether psilocybin could someday be used therapeutically to treat depression. The studies also show that psilocybin may relieve cluster headache symptoms by reducing blood flow in the hypothalamus. More...
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