Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 07, 2016)
Word of the Day

boding

Definition:(noun) An omen or foreboding, especially of evil.
Synonyms:premonition, presentiment, foreboding
Usage: Sara was filled with an evil sense of boding as she approached the decrepit house to sell her Girl Scout Cookies.
Article of the Day

The Book of Kells

Among the most intricately illuminated manuscripts to survive from the Middle Ages, the Book of Kells, created by Celtic monks around 800 CE, is an ornate masterpiece of the Hiberno-Saxon style. Described as the peak of Western calligraphy and illumination, the book features the four Gospels in Latin. However, there are a number of errors in the text, including the use of the Latin word “gaudium” instead of the correct term, “gladium.” How does that mistake change the meaning of Matthew 10:34? More...
This Day in History

Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)

Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals. Did Johnson ever return to basketball? More...
Today's Birthday

Lise Meitner (1878)

An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work. Why did Hahn once give her a diamond ring? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a God in Heaven who will not forget to punish the wicked or reward the good; and it is not fitting that honest men should be the instruments of punishment to others, they being therein no way concerned.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(have) got something going (with someone)

To have or be in the midst of a romantic or sexual affair with someone. A colloquial variant of "have something going (with someone)." More...
Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2017)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

NASA's New $8.8 Billion Telescope Can't Be Fixed If Broken

NASA experts admitted they won’t be able to fix the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) if something goes wrong. JWST will unfold itself “origami style” in deep space in an extremely technically complicated process which could potentially lead to a  ... More...
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