Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

peerless

Definition:(adjective) Eminent beyond or above comparison.
Synonyms:matchless, nonpareil, one and only, unrivaled, unmatched, one
Usage: You shall now learn how great is the knowledge and power of our peerless Sorceress.
Article of the Day

Rust Belt

The Rust Belt is an economic region in the northeast quadrant of the US, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The term gained wide use in the 1970s, as the once dominant industrial region became noted for the abandonment of factories and unemployment. Although some Rust Belt cities have improved after the expansion of non-manufacturing industries, others have been unable to do so. What US city has lost more than half of its population in recent decades? More...
This Day in History

Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a God in Heaven who will not forget to punish the wicked or reward the good; and it is not fitting that honest men should be the instruments of punishment to others, they being therein no way concerned.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

close the barn door after the horse has bolted

To try to prevent or rectify a problem after the damage has already been done. More...
Today's Holiday

Wakakusayama Yaki

This event, held near the Japanese city of Nara, is one of the ancient capital's most thrilling spectacles. It takes place on Mt. Wakakusafireworks are ignited, and at six o'clock in the evening, priests from the temples of Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji set fire to the dry grass on the slopes. The whole mountain turns into a flaming beacon that lights up the night sky and can be seen for miles. The festival commemorates the historic burning of the hill 10 centuries ago during a friendly disagreement about the boundaries of the two major temples and a shrine in Nara. More...
In the News

E-Cigarettes' Effects on Airways Unknown

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, that release vaporized nicotine rather than tobacco smoke are marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, but scientists are now calling that claim into question. In a recent study, healthy smokers were monitored as they puffed on e-cigarettes. After just five minutes, participants showed signs of airway constriction and inflammation. Further research is needed to determine the long-term health effects of electronic cigarette use. More...
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