Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

cerebrate

Definition:(verb) Use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments.
Synonyms:cogitate, think
Usage: As they surveyed the damage, Jonathan did not ask his father how he would fix the tree house, instead allowing him stare and cerebrate in silence.
Article of the Day

The Greatest Bridge-Maker

The pontifex maximus was the highest priest of Roman religion and the official head of the college of pontifices. As the chief administrator of religious affairs, he regulated the conduct of religious ceremonies, consecrated temples and other holy places, and controlled the calendar. During the time of the empire, and until Christianity became firmly established, the emperor was designated pontifex maximus. What religious leaders assumed the title after the rise of Christianity? More...
This Day in History

Sten Sture the Younger Mortally Wounded in Battle (1520)

Sture was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden. When he refused to recognize Christian II of Denmark as king of Sweden, Christian sent a force to aid Sture's rival, Archbishop Gustaf Trolle, whom Sture had deposed and who was besieged in his castle. Sture defeated the Danish army and imprisoned Trolle. Warfare continued, and Sture was killed in battle, but not before he paved the way for Swedish independence, which was attained under Gustavus I. What was done to Sture's body after his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Allan Poe (1809)

Considered one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature, Poe was a poet, short-story writer, and critic whose skillfully wrought tales and poems convey with passionate intensity the mysterious, dreamlike, and often macabre forces that pervaded his sensibility. He also pioneered the detective fiction genre with stories such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." What mysterious, six-decade-old tradition at Poe's Baltimore grave was broken in 2010? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none: if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Epiphany (Russia) (2016)

On January 19th, members of the Russian Orthodox Church ritually bathe in a river or lake. The day marks the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, an event called the Epiphany, and Orthodox Catholics believe that bathing outside on that day washes away sin. As believers cut holes in the ice with chainsaws and plunge into the frigid water, priests chant prayers to bless the water. Altars and crosses made of ice and snow are sometimes constructed near the bathing site. Authorities advise against the practice, especially in the freezing temperatures of a Russian winter. More...
In the News

Balanced Diet Really Is Brain Food

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins B, C, D, and E and omega-3 fatty acids could help prevent brain shrinkage in the elderly and preserve mental acuity. In a recent study, researchers took blood samples from 104 healthy people whose average age was 87, administered tests of memory and thinking skills, and performed brain scans on 42 of the participants to assess brain volume. They found that those with the highest vitamin and omega-3 levels performed better on the cognitive tests and had larger brain volume than those with the lowest levels, while those with high levels of trans fats in their blood had the poorest test scores and smaller brain volumes. More...
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