Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

greenhorn

Definition:(noun) A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.
Synonyms:novice, beginner, apprentice, naïf, learner, ingénue, tyro, newbie, neophyte
Usage: I am a bit of a greenhorn in the kitchen, but I am a fast learner and expect to be cooking like a pro in no time.
Article of the Day

Harriet Tubman

Born Araminta Ross, Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 by the Underground Railroad and almost immediately returned to the South to help others do the same. Hailed as "the Moses of her people," she is believed to have led more than 300 slaves, including her parents and brother, to freedom. During the Civil War, she served the Union in various capacities, including as a nurse and spy. She managed all this despite suffering from debilitating headaches and seizures as a result of what childhood trauma? More...
This Day in History

Genghis Khan Dies (1227)

Though infamous for slaughtering entire cities and destroying fields and irrigation systems, Genghis Khan is admired for his military brilliance. The emperor-warrior consolidated nomadic tribes into a unified Mongolia and led them to conquer much of Asia from the Pacific coast to Eastern Europe. He died on a military campaign in China, and the empire was divided. The circumstances of his death are unclear. According to legend, how did his descendants ensure that his grave would remain hidden? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna's most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

not know (someone) from a bar of soap

To be completely unaware of or know nothing about someone; to have never met the person indicated. More...
Today's Holiday

Chief Seattle Days (2017)

This three-day inter-tribal festival honors Chief Seattle (1786-1866), for whom Seattle, Washington, is named. He was head of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian tribes in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Besides featuring traditional Indian dances and drumming and dancing contests, the festival has a distinctive northwestern flavor, with salmon and clam bakes and canoe races. Other highlights are a horseshoe tournament, storytelling, and the election of a Chief Seattle Days Queen. The festival closes with the blessing of Chief Seattle's grave. More...
In the News

Science behind Near-Death Experiences

Accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) commonly involve vivid sensory experiences, like visions of a white light or one's life flashing before one's eyes, that are often attributed to supernatural forces. Researchers, however, believe there is a physiological explanation for this phenomenon. In the seconds immediately following cardiac death, rat brains experience a surge of electrical activity. While this has yet to be studied in human brains, it stands to reason that they enter a similar state of hyperactivity after clinical death and that this could give rise to a heightened state of consciousness and induce visions like those often associated with NDEs. More...
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