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Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

The "Gimli Glider": Air Canada Flight Runs Out of Fuel Mid-Flight (1983)

Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

The "Gimli Glider" is the nickname given to Air Canada Flight 143, which ran out of fuel on a routine flight from Montreal to Edmonton in 1983. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at a retired airstrip in Gimli, Manitoba, even through part of the runway had been converted into a racetrack and a large event was being held there at the time. Amazingly, no passengers or bystanders suffered any serious injuries. Why did the plane run out of fuel? Discuss

The Battle of Falkirk (1298)

Mon, 22 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

The Battle of Falkirk was a major battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. It was fought between the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, and King Edward I of England, also known as the Hammer of the Scots. In 1298, Edward I invaded Scotland and defeated a smaller force led by Wallace at Falkirk. Edward's longbowmen and cavalry decimated Wallace's spearmen, forcing him to retreat. What did Wallace do shortly after losing the battle?

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man to Walk on the Moon (1969)

Sun, 21 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

As commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon. With hundreds of millions watching a broadcast of his history-making moonwalk, he uttered the now famous line, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Buzz Aldrin followed, and the two astronauts proceeded to set up scientific equipment, conduct experiments, and collect samples from the lunar surface. What other spacecraft landed on the moon while Apollo 11 was still there?

Word Trivia


Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT


Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

alexipharmic - Another word for an antidote, from Greek alexein, "ward off," and pharmakon, "poison." More...

toxic - Comes from Greek toxikon pharmakon, "poison for arrows," from toxon, "bow." More...

venom - Comes from Latin venenum, the love potion Venus used to attract people to each other—but later came to describe "poison." More...

virus - A Latin word meaning "poison" or "slimy liquid," it first meant "venom of a snake." More...


Mon, 22 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

coup de savate - A kick with the flat of the foot. More...

Gaelic football - A rough, football-like game mainly played in Ireland with 15 players to each side with the object of punching, dribbling, or kicking the ball into a goal. More...

punt, bunt - Punt, as in "kick," may be from bunt, "push," used in baseball to mean "hit the ball softly." More...

kick, punt - The dent in the bottom of a wine or champagne bottle is the kick or punt. More...


Sun, 21 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

coping saw - A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a u-shaped frame—for cutting curves, with cope meaning "vault, arch." More...

ossuary - From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead. More...

camera - First meant "vault, chamber." More...

firmament - Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure. More...

Today's Birthdays


Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Judit Polgár (1976)

Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Polgár is a Hungarian chess grandmaster and by far the strongest female chess player in history. A prodigy from an early age, she won many youth tournaments competing against boys. In 1991, at the age of 15, Polgár became the youngest grandmaster in history at the time, earning the distinction faster than Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. She later became the first woman to be ranked in the top ten in the world, ranking as high as eighth. What world champions has Polgár defeated? Discuss

Emma Lazarus (1849)

Mon, 22 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. She also worked for the relief of new immigrants to the US, and the famous closing lines of her sonnet "The New Colossus" were engraved on what monument?

Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter (1816)

Sun, 21 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Reuter, founder of the Reuters news agency, was a pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting. In 1849, he started a post service to bridge the gap in a telegraph line between Germany and Belgium. He soon moved to England and opened a telegraph office serving banks, brokerages, and businesses. He steadily extended his commercial news service, acquiring his first subscribing newspaper client in 1858. Undersea cables enabled him to expand the service. What animal was used to deliver messages in 1849?

Article of the Day


Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Korean Wines

Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

In Korea, the tradition of brewing alcoholic beverages, known as ju, is a long and proud one. These beverages are generally made from rice, a major Korean crop. The many varieties of ju include liquors and fruit, flower, and medicinal wines. One variety, called ihwaju, or "pear blossom wine," is brewed with rice malt fermented during the pear blossom season, a process that often produces a liquid so thick that it must be consumed in what way? Discuss


Mon, 22 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep's milk with kefir grains, a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars. Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway and knocked by everyone passing through to help keep the milk and kefir grains mixed. Today, kefir is popular due to research into its health benefits. What are these benefits?

Pole Weapons

Sun, 21 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

The idea of creating a weapon by attaching a sharp end to a long shaft is an old one—the first spears date back to the Stone Age. Over the centuries, pole weapons have taken many different forms, from the European fauchard to the Chinese guan dao to the Japanese naginata. Masses of soldiers carrying pole weapons were recognized as effective military units early in the history of organized warfare. What infantry weapon resembled a kitchen knife?

Quotations of the Day


Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Jane Austen

Tue, 23 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Discuss

Francis Bacon

Mon, 22 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Jonathan Swift

Sun, 21 Jul 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Observation is an old man's memory.

Bhagavadgita Translation and Commentary by Jayaram V Avaialbe in USA/UK/DE/FR/ES/IT/NL/PL/SC/JP/CA/AU

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