Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

daredevil

Definition:(noun) One who is recklessly bold.
Synonyms:harum-scarum, madcap, swashbuckler, hothead, lunatic
Usage: My nephew, daredevil that he is, decided to go surfing during yesterday's tropical storm.
Article of the Day

The Curse of the Ninth

The Curse of the Ninth is the superstition that a composer will die after writing a ninth symphony. Belief in the curse arose after Beethoven, Dvorák, and Schubert—among others—all died after composing their ninth symphonies. Mahler, perhaps the first prominent composer to fear the curse, attempted to elude it by naming his ninth symphony "The Song of the Earth," but he died after writing "Symphony No. 9"—which was technically his 10th. Who are the other supposed victims of the curse? More...
This Day in History

The Council of Nablus (1120)

The Council of Nablus was convened to establish the first written laws for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Christian kingdom established in 1099 by the First Crusade. The council included both ecclesiastic and secular lords who established 25 canons that addressed both religious and secular issues like tithing, adultery, bigamy, false accusations, legal attire for Muslim residents, and theft. Why, according to the canons, was it necessary for the Christian leadership to organize this council? More...
Today's Birthday

Fulgencio Batista (1901)

Batista was a soldier, president, and dictator who twice ruled Cuba. After working his way up through the army, he ruled first through associates before becoming president himself in 1940. In his first term, he achieved gains in education, public works, and the economy while enriching himself and his associates. He lost the 1944 election but returned to power through a US backed coup in 1952 and ran a corrupt and brutal dictatorship that set the stage for his overthrow in 1959 by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
She might hate me, and revile me, and heap indignity after indignity upon me, as she already had, until I should have hated her; but the pitiful fact remained that I loved her.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Today's Holiday

Sinulog Festival (2016)

The Sinulog Festival takes place on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, held at the same time as the frenzied Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo and the more sedate Dinagyang in Iloilo City. The festival celebrates both early Cebuano culture and the history of the Christianization of Cebu, combining the pageantry of early years with today's Christian ritual. An image of Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño ("the Holy Child," Jesus), is carried in a procession along the streets, while drums beat in the ritual for a bountiful harvest and revelers dance in the streets. More...
In the News

Babies' Sleep Troubles Linger

Studies indicate that up to 33 percent of children experience sleep problems like difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking, nightmares, and an inability to sleep in their own beds. A recent survey found that one in 10 kids under age three has problems sleeping and that those who have trouble as babies are likely to continue to have sleep issues as toddlers. The findings challenge the notion that sleep problems are simply a phase that children will outgrow. More...
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