Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 26, 2021)
Word of the Day

tellurian

Definition:(noun) An inhabitant of the earth; a terrestrial.
Synonyms:earthling
Usage: I was the first tellurian the Martians had ever seen, and they were as curious about me as I was about them.
Article of the Day

Reincarnation

A belief in reincarnation—the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death—is held by many religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Intertwined is the doctrine of karma, the idea that actions in one life affect the next. Beliefs vary as to whether the soul takes a new body immediately or must wait and whether the soul is always reborn in a human body. A 2009 survey found that even though Christian doctrine does not accept reincarnation, approximately what percent of American Christians do? More...
This Day in History

Decomposing Whale Explodes on Crowded Taiwan Street (2004)

After a sperm whale became beached on the coast of Taiwan, researchers decided to perform an autopsy on the creature to determine its cause of death—later found to have been a collision with a ship. It took three cranes half a day to load the whale onto a truck, during which time gas continued to build up in the decomposing carcass. While passing through Tainan on the way to a wildlife preserve, the whale exploded, spattering onlookers and nearby cars with gore. Where else have whales exploded? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Augusta von Trapp (1905)

Born in Austria and orphaned at a young age, Maria Kutschera planned to become a nun in Salzburg. Instead, she met Baron Georg von Trapp while tutoring one of his seven children. They were married in 1927 and had three children together. After financial trouble, the family began to sing professionally, then fled Nazi Europe for the US. Today, the family operates a lodge in Vermont. Maria's 1949 memoir was adapted into The Sound of Music. What became of the family's home in Austria? More...
Quotation of the Day
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Today's Holiday

Uganda Liberation Day (2021)

This day marks the events of January 26, 1986, when the military junta controlling Uganda was overthrown by the National Resistance Army following a five-year civil war. On the evening before the celebration, fireworks are exploded over the capital city of Kampala. The next day, a parade involving all branches of the Uganda military is held either at the Kololo Independence grounds or at the Kololo airfield, just outside Kampala. The country's president presides over the occasion. Throughout the country, the general public marks the day with sporting events and hearty feasts. More...
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