Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

overwrought

Definition:(adjective) Deeply agitated especially from emotion.
Synonyms:distraught
Usage: Now that the horror of absolute solitude was upon them, her overwrought nerves gave way, and the reaction came.
Article of the Day

The History of Earth

Earth is believed to be 4.5 to 5 billion years old and was probably formed along with the rest of the solar system when a dusty nebula coalesced into distinct planetary bodies. Since its creation, Earth has endured numerous transformations and catastrophes, geological and biological alike. Though life on the planet arose roughly 3.5 billion years ago, humans appeared only relatively recently. What planet may have long ago collided with Earth, ejecting enough material into space to form the Moon? More...
This Day in History

The Moscow Victory Parade of 1945 (1945)

A month and a half after Nazi Germany surrendered to the USSR, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin ordered a celebratory parade through Moscow's Red Square. Thousands of troops from different regiments and fronts participated, accompanied by tanks and other military equipment. At one point, war veterans memorably threw down hundreds of Nazi banners at the foot of Lenin's mausoleum. According to legend, Stalin had initially planned to participate in the parade but changed his mind after what accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint John of the Cross (1542)

Saint John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic, poet, and monastic reformer. A Carmelite monk, he was ordained a priest in 1567. The following year, he joined St. Teresa of Ávila in her effort to restore the Carmelites to their original austerity, cofounding the Discalced Carmelite order. He opened the first Discalced Carmelite monastery in 1569 and was imprisoned in 1577 for causing friction within the order. He escaped and later won high office in the order. What did he write while in prison? More...
Quotation of the Day
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

in the next breath

(especially when speaking) In or at the very next moment or opportunity; in a very short space of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Juhannus (2017)

Juhannus is a celebration in Finland of the Summer Solstice and of the feast of St. John. People celebrate at the lake shores where they build bonfires and dance all night. Since this is near the longest day of the year, special late performances are held at open-air theaters in many towns. There are also dances at hotels. Many customs are remnants of pagan times. Birch tree branches are brought into the homes to insure future happiness. Even buses and office buildings are adorned with birch branches. As Finland's Flag Day, Juhannus is also a national holiday. More...
In the News

Surgeons Remove Fetal Tumor In Utero

At first glance, Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez looks like any other happy and healthy 20-month-old girl, but a tiny scar on her mouth reveals that her life has been nothing short of extraordinary. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare and often deadly tumor, an oral teratoma, while in her mother's womb. Doctors from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida determined that removing the tumor in utero was Leyna's best chance for survival, despite the fact that such a procedure had never before been performed. The pioneering and lifesaving surgery was a success, and months later, Leyna was born. More...
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