Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

schism

Definition:(noun) A separation or division into factions.
Synonyms:discord, split
Usage: Heretics were burned for attempting to create a schism in the Catholic Church.
Article of the Day

The Toyota Prius

The award-winning Toyota Prius was the world's first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid automobile. Toyota's goal for the Prius was to reduce the amount of pollutants it produced and to increase its energy efficiency. To achieve this goal, the company reduced the engine's gasoline consumption, added two electric motor/generators, reduced air resistance and road friction, and reduced the car's weight. Supposedly, why did Toyota choose the name "Prius" for their hybrid car? More...
This Day in History

Brightest Supernova in Recorded History Appears in Night Sky (1006)

One thousand seven years ago, observers in China, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, and Switzerland recorded a new object in the sky. It was hard to miss. Scientists now believe SN 1006 was the brightest supernova in recorded human history. It was described by ancient astronomers as being low on the horizon but shining about half or a quarter as bright as the Moon. It could sometimes be seen during daylight hours and may have been bright enough to read by at night. How far was it from Earth? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugen Bleuler (1857)

Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia." While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against the prevailing opinion, that such patients were not incurable. "Schizophrenia" replaced what term for the disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Minehead Hobby Horse Parade (2018)

In England and Wales, hobby horses have been a part of celebrations welcoming spring as far back as anyone can remember. In the waterfront town of Minehead, Somerset, the "sailors' horse" has a boat-shaped frame 7-10 feet long, which is carried on the shoulders of a man whose body is concealed by a canvas curtain that hangs to the ground. His head is covered by a painted tin mask and a tall dunce cap, and hundreds of rainbow-colored ribbons stream from the top of the horse. The horse sets out on May Day Eve, ending up at Whitecross (a crossroads to the west of town) on May Day morning. More...
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