Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

extenuation

Definition:(noun) To act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious.
Synonyms:mitigation, palliation
Usage: Forgive me, and let the greatness and the purity of my love for you plead in extenuation of my act.
Article of the Day

The Inca Road System

One of the most remarkable examples of Inca engineering was their elaborate network of roads, parts of which survive today. Log, stone, pontoon, and suspension bridges were built to span streams, rivers, and chasms, and shelters and storehouses were spaced a day's travel apart. These were maintained by nearby villages, which also supplied messengers for their sectors. Messages or parcels could thus be carried throughout the empire quite quickly, with runners able to cover what distance in a day? More...
This Day in History

March of Dimes Established by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938)

The March of Dimes is a US charity whose mission is to improve the health of babies. It was founded with the goal of eradicating polio, one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century, during the tenure of President Roosevelt, who himself contracted what was thought to be polio in 1921. The national, nonpartisan organization initially raised funds for research by urging the public to contribute a dime to the effort and came to be called the March of Dimes, but its original name was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Cicero (106 BCE)

Cicero was a statesman, philosopher, unsurpassed master of Latin prose, and one of Rome's greatest orators. His writings introduced the Romans to Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary. He was a prolific author, and his letters reveal a wealth of information about Roman life and politics. As an active politician and leader of the senatorial party, he was at times hailed as a hero, but he also made enemies who contributed to his exile and, later, his execution for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (Tamaseseri)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269 CE), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

Fruit and Vegetable Lovers Gain Weight Too

Fruits and vegetables can improve overall health, but they will not help you keep your youthful figure—unless you recently quit smoking. Researchers followed nearly 374,000 adults for five years and found that, after accounting for overall caloric intake, exercise habits, and education levels, higher fruit and vegetable intake did not reduce the likelihood of weight gain in either men or women. The only exceptions to this were people who quit smoking during the course of the study. Smokers often gain weight when they kick the habit, but having healthier eating habits to begin with, as a diet rich in fruits and vegetables might indicate, could help them avoid this. More...
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