Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

compendious

Definition:(adjective) Containing or stating briefly and concisely all the essentials.
Synonyms:succinct, summary, compact
Usage: It was a sort of hand-book for women with grievances (and all women had them), a sort of compendious theory and practice of feminine free morality.
Article of the Day

The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in the early 20th century from a wreck near the Greek island of Antikythera, but its significance was not recognized until decades later. It is thought to have been built in the 2nd century BCE. Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until more than a thousand years later. Its degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to what devices? More...
This Day in History

Priest Attempts to Assassinate the Pope in Portugal (1982)

Almost a year to the day after Pope John Paul II was shot by a Turkish gunman, a priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn attacked the pontiff with a bayonet. It was long thought that the would-be assassin was restrained before he could wound the pope, but a former aide now claims that the pope was indeed injured. During his trial, Krohn accused the pope of being a secret communist agent in league with the USSR. How long was his prison sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav I of Sweden (1496?)

Considered the father of modern Sweden, Gustav I was king of Sweden and founder of the Vasa dynasty. A senator's son, he became a leader in the rebellion against the Danes, who controlled most of Sweden. In 1523—having won Sweden's independence—he was elected king. He was an autocratic ruler and built a strong monarchy and an efficient administration. Aside from his temper, he was known for his love of music and sly wit. How did being beaten with a baking implement supposedly save his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
The new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

in the sticks

In the countryside, especially in a rustic or particularly unsophisticated area. More...
Today's Holiday

Bun Bang Fai (2017)

Bun Bang Fai is a rain ceremony celebrated in Laos and northeastern Thailand. In Laos, this is one of the country's wildest celebrations, with music and irreverent dances, processions, and merrymaking. The celebration ends with the firing of bamboo rockets into the sky, supposedly prompting the heavens to commence the rainy season. In Thailand, the celebration is usually on the second weekend in May and is especially festive in Yasothon, with villagers shooting off huge rockets. Before the shooting, there are beauty parades, folk dances, and ribald entertainment. More...
In the News

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Certain Type of Cancer

Swedish researchers say that drinking more than five cups of coffee per day could halve a woman's risk of developing an aggressive type of breast cancer called estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer. However, experts are warning women not to increase their coffee consumption just yet, as the study relied upon participants' memory of how much coffee they regularly consumed in years past and could therefore be skewed. Even if the findings are confirmed, there are many more questions that have yet to be answered, such as what type of coffee the women in the study were drinking and what compound in coffee might be cutting the risk of this sort of cancer. More...
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