Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

blackball

Definition:(verb) Expel from a community or group.
Synonyms:banish, cast out, ostracize, shun, ban
Usage: They must not know about my sordid past, because if they did, they would immediately blackball me.
Article of the Day

The Nestorian Stele

The Nestorian Stele is an ancient stone artifact that reveals a Christian presence in 7th-century China. The Christian sect of Nestorianism originated in 5th-century Constantinople and reached China through missionaries. Inscribed in both Chinese and Syriac, the almost 10-foot (3-m) limestone stele, or stone slab, describes the existence of Christian communities in northern China and reveals that the Emperor Taizong had recognized Christianity by 635 CE. When was the stele unearthed? 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
A word which some lexicographer has marked obsolete is ever thereafter an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good enough for the good writer.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Daily Pot Use Tied to Earlier Onset of Psychosis

Many people view marijuana as a relatively harmless drug, but the truth is that we still do not fully understand its effects on the brain. Research has linked cannabis use to some cases of psychosis, but experts are divided on whether the drug triggers the psychosis in vulnerable individuals or whether people prone to psychosis are just more likely to smoke pot. A recent study of adults diagnosed with a psychotic episode seems to support the former hypothesis, finding that those who smoke marijuana daily tend to have their first psychotic episode when they are about six years younger than those who abstain from the drug. More...
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