Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

timorous

Definition:(adjective) Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Synonyms:trepid, fearful
Usage: The timorous child huddled alone in the corner while the rest of his classmates played in the schoolyard.
Article of the Day

Astral Body

Adopted by 19th-century mystical movements, the term "astral body" refers to a supposed intermediate entity between the corporeal body and the soul. It is thought by believers to stand in for one's physical self on spiritual journeys. The idea of an astral body has been associated with various experiences said to occur midway between the celestial sphere and the physical world, such as dreams, purgatory, and near-death experiences. Some believe that astral bodies are visible in what form? More...
This Day in History

Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald's Franchise (1955)

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1940 and introduced the "Speedee Service System," establishing the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. Ray Kroc, a mixer salesman, recognized the idea's potential and partnered with the brothers. Kroc opened his first McDonald's franchise in Illinois in 1955 and later bought out the McDonald brothers. The company now has a global presence. What controversies have stemmed from its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Catherine I of Russia (1684)

Originally a Baltic peasant named Martha, Catherine was captured by Russian soldiers in 1702. That same year, she became the mistress of Peter I. In 1703, after the birth of their first child, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and rechristened Catherine. She married Peter in 1712, and in 1724 he had her crowned tsarina and joint ruler. When Peter died in 1725 without naming a successor, she served two years as empress of Russia until her death. How did she and Peter meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is true we love life; not because we are wont to live, but because we are wont to love.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Holy Saturday (2017)

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is the last day of Holy Week and brings the season of Lent to a close. Many churches, especially those of the Anglican Communion, still hold large baptismal services on Holy Saturday. It is also known as the Vigil of Easter in reference to the fact that Jesus' followers spent this day, after his crucifixion on Good Friday, waiting. The Easter Vigil is traditionally observed the night of Holy Saturday in many churches today. Another name for this day is the Descent into Hell, because it commemorates Jesus' descent into and victory over hell. More...
In the News

Flight Navigation Systems Vulnerable to Hacking

Cockpit technology has made air travel infinitely safer, but it also makes airplanes vulnerable to dangerous hacking attacks. A security researcher made the latter point abundantly clear at a recent hacking conference, when he presented the results of his four-year investigation into the security of aircraft computer and data systems. Working with used aviation equipment he purchased on eBay, Hugo Teso was able to get a simulated jet to change course based on false navigation information he fed to its flight management system. Aviation agencies are now investigating his findings. More...
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