Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

intemperance

Definition:(noun) Excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence.
Synonyms:self-indulgence
Usage: A slouching, moody, drunken sloven, wasted by intemperance and vice, sat on the stoop and lamented his lot in life.
Article of the Day

Freenet

Freenet is a decentralized, censorship-resistant distributed data store. It aims to provide freedom of speech through a peer-to-peer network that pools the contributed bandwidth and storage space of member computers, allowing users to anonymously publish or retrieve information. Designed to be highly survivable, it has no central servers and is not subject to the control of any one entity. What is "darknet"? More...
This Day in History

University of Texas Massacre (1966)

On August 1, 1966, University of Texas student and former Marine Charles Whitman stabbed his mother and wife to death. He then took an array of firearms to his university's 307-foot (94-m) clock tower. There, he shot and killed more than a dozen people and wounded at least 30 others before police killed him. In his writings, Whitman expressed regret and confusion over his actions and asked that an autopsy be performed to determine what had caused his behavior. What did the autopsy find? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Mitchell (1818)

The daughter of an amateur astronomer, Mitchell spent her formative years learning to observe the heavens. When she was 29, she discovered a comet. For her achievement, she was awarded a gold medal by the king of Denmark. Her reputation as an astronomer thus secured, she soon became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, thereafter, to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To which of America's Founding Fathers was Mitchell distantly related? More...
Quotation of the Day
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Today's Holiday

Lammas (2018)

Possibly one of the four great pagan festivals of Britain, Lammas was known as the Gule of August in the Middle Ages. In medieval England, loaves made from the first ripe grain were blessed in the church on this day—the word lammas being a short form of "loaf mass." Lammas Day is similar in original intent to the Jewish Feast of Weeks, also called Shavuot or Pentecost, which came at the end of the Passover grain harvest. A 15th-century suggestion was that the name derived from "lamb" and "mass," and was the time when a feudal tribute of lambs was paid. More...
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