Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

wizened

Definition:(adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms:shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage: The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile.
Article of the Day

The Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan laws protect those who choose to aid people who are injured or ill. The laws are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist strangers in emergency situations due to fear of being prosecuted for injury or wrongful death. The law takes its name from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, in which a man from Samaria helps someone who has been beaten, robbed, and ignored by other passers-by. What country has gained notoriety for its poor treatment of Good Samaritans? More...
This Day in History

Rutan Voyager Completes First Nonstop Flight around the World without Refueling (1986)

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who first conceived of the craft and sketched it on the back of a napkin in 1981, the Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and landed there nine days later. The aircraft more than doubled the previous record of un-refueled flight set by a US Air Force B-52 in 1962. How much does the Rutan Voyager weigh? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805)

Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1827, he claimed that an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing God's revelation, which he translated as the Book of Mormon. He led converts to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and introduced the custom of polygamy. When in 1844 he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the US, he and his brother were thrown in jail, where they were killed by a lynch mob. What happened to the church after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

heave into view

To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. More...
Today's Holiday

Night of the Radishes (2016)

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. More...
In the News

Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

The next time you take a flight, you may want to check that the passenger next you is human. Last week, Athena, a humanoid robot, took what was hailed as the first flight by a robot as a paying passenger on a commercial airline. Built by an American robotics company, Athena was accompanied on her flight from Los Angeles to Germany by researchers from the Max Planck Society, who are exploring the potential for robots to do life-threatening jobs, such as cleaning up nuclear waste. The flight served no scientific purpose, but Athena's handlers said buying a seat was cheaper than stowing the robot as cargo. More...
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