Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

palmist

Definition:(noun) Fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms.
Synonyms:chiromancer
Usage: The palmist's dire predictions weighed heavily on Sally.
Article of the Day

Gaeltachts

Irish Gaelic was made an official language of Ireland in 1921. Although hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens and people of Irish descent have some competence in Irish Gaelic, it is a true community language only for a small number of people on Ireland's western coast in what are called Gaeltachts—an Irish Gaelic term for regions in Ireland where it is spoken as a native language. In what ways has the government attempted to revive Gaelic as the primary language of the country? More...
This Day in History

Lawrence Textile Strike Begins in Massachusetts (1912)

The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a revolutionary industrial union aimed at uniting all workers in an effort to promote socialism and overthrow capitalism. Of the 150 strikes conducted by the IWW, the Lawrence strike was one of the most notable, growing to more than 20,000 workers in one week and lasting more than two months. Were the strikers' demands met, or did the companies proceed with planned wage reductions? More...
Today's Birthday

Parmigianino (1503)

Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola was an Italian Mannerist painter and etcher commonly known by his nickname Parmigianino, meaning "the little one from Parma." His works possess remarkable grace and sensuality, and he is regarded as one of the period's finest draftsmen. He was one of the first artists to practice etching, and through this medium his style became influential in Italy and beyond. One of his most curious works is a self portrait in which his image has been distorted by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are strings … in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Seijin-no-Hi (2016)

This national holiday in Japan honors those who reached their 20th birthday (voting age) in the previous year. Gatherings, usually with speakers, are held in community centers where the honorees show off their new adult finery. A traditional archery contest is held on this day at Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, with people from all over Japan participating. Until 2000, Seijin-no-Hi was observed on January 15, but now it is celebrated on the second Monday in January. More...
In the News

US Cancer Death Rates Falling

Improved cancer prevention methods, screening processes, and treatments are largely responsible for the steadily declining cancer death rates observed in the US over the past few years. Between 2004 and 2008, cancer death rates dropped by 1.8 percent a year in men and 1.6 percent a year in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than a million cancer deaths have been prevented since the early 1990s. Still, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and about 580,000 people will die from cancer in the US this year. More...
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