Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

rapturous

Definition:(adjective) Experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
Synonyms:rapt, rhapsodic
Usage: The audience greeted the speaker with rapturous applause.
Article of the Day

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle is a ruined castle in Wales very near the English border. It was one of three castles in the area and dates to the 11th or 12th century. It was probably used as an administrative center before being converted to a fortress. In the 13th century, King Henry III's son Edmund made the castle his residence and rebuilt part of it. He constructed a giant false doorway through which one could access the castle’s lower floors but not his living quarters. How, then, did he get in and out? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When did he receive the Nobel Prize in Physics? More...
Quotation of the Day
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Independence Day (2017)

Malta Independence Day is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on this day in 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war. Self-rule was revoked in 1959 and restored again in 1962, and independence was finally granted in 1964. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More...
In the News

Poorer People Pay Price for Smoking

One strategy that some governments have adopted to curb smoking is the imposition of high cigarette taxes, but for those smokers it does not deter, the resulting financial burden can be a heavy one. In the state of New York, which imposes a $4.35 tax on every pack of cigarettes—the highest such tax in the US—low-income smokers spend nearly a quarter of their earnings on cigarettes. Researchers suggest that more of this tax money should therefore be used to fund programs that help low-income smokers kick the habit. More...
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