Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

sprite

Definition:(noun) A small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers.
Synonyms:fairy, fay
Usage: She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
Article of the Day

Reincarnation

A belief in reincarnation—the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death—is held by many religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Intertwined is the doctrine of karma, the idea that actions in one life affect the next. Beliefs vary as to whether the soul takes a new body immediately or must wait and whether the soul is always reborn in a human body. A 2009 survey found that even though Christian doctrine does not accept reincarnation, approximately what percent of American Christians do? More...
This Day in History

League of Nations Founded (1919)

The League of Nations was an organization for international cooperation, peace, and security established by the Allied Powers at the end of WWI. A league covenant providing for an assembly, a council, and a secretariat was formulated at the Paris Peace Conference and contained in the Treaty of Versailles. Headquartered at Geneva, the League was weakened by the failure of the US, which had not ratified the Treaty of Versailles, to join the confederation. What organization replaced it in 1946? More...
Today's Birthday

William Somerset Maugham (1874)

Maugham was an English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who abandoned a career in medicine when his first novel had some success. He wrote several popular plays and a total of eight novels before writing his breakthrough masterpiece, the partly autobiographical Of Human Bondage (1915). An expert storyteller, Maugham based many of his stories on his own experiences, including what short story collection that influenced Ian Fleming's James Bond series? More...
Quotation of the Day
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (2016)

Saul of Tarsus, a highly educated, devout Jew, was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus not long after the death of Jesus Christ. Later, he was known as Paul and became the most influential leader in the history of the church. At St. Paul's Chapel in New York City, the path through the graveyard is closed for 48 hours, beginning on the eve of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. At one time, the weather on this day was linked to predictions about the coming year. Fair weather on St. Paul's Day was said to presage a prosperous year; snow or rain an unproductive one. More...
In the News

False, Coerced Confessions a Problem in Japan

Japan's courts have over a 99 percent conviction rate, but recent, highly publicized cases of false confession have brought the tactics of its criminal justice system into question. Because of limits placed on police power in the wake of WWII, confessions are vitally important in criminal investigations. Prosecutors, therefore, sometimes take extreme measures to extract them. Japanese culture, which emphasizes individual and familial shame, could also make people more susceptible to false confession. More...
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