Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

fetter

Definition:(verb) Restrain with fetters.
Synonyms:shackle
Usage: My foes fettered me hand and foot and imprisoned me in a dank dungeon.
Article of the Day

Marriage Stones

A marriage stone is a stone—or sometimes wood—lintel carved with the initials, coats of arms, or other symbols of a newly married couple along with the date of their marriage. Occasionally, religious symbols or artistic motifs are also incorporated into the design. Popular until Victorian times, marriage stones served as a record of a marriage as well as a symbol of social status. For whose 2005 wedding was a two-ton, granite marriage stone created? More...
This Day in History

Maria Montessori Opens Her First School (1907)

Montessori was an educator and the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. While working in a clinic for mentally disabled children, she developed a method of teaching that involves immersing children in an environment filled with "learning games" that naturally motivate learning and allow them to develop at their own pace. She opened her first children's school in 1907 and spent the next 40 years traveling and promoting her method. How many times was she nominated for the Nobel Prize? More...
Today's Birthday

Sun Myung Moon (1920)

Moon was an engineering student and dock worker before founding the Unification Church—based on his interpretation of Christianity—in South Korea in 1954. After building a multimillion-dollar business empire, he introduced the movement to the United States in the 1960s. Moon, who claims to be the Messiah and presides over ceremonies often called "mass weddings," is considered a controversial figure, and his movement is often viewed as a cult. In 1982, he was convicted of what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Maroon Festival

When Jamaica was a Spanish territory in the 16th century, African slaves were brought in to work the plantations. The Spanish eventually left, and the former slaves fled to the mountains. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the island's British inhabitants were often attacked by descendants of these fugitive slaves, who were called Maroons. The annual Maroon Festival on January 6 commemorates the peace treaty with the English and establishment of the town of Accompong. It is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing, feasts and ceremonies, and the blowing of the abeng. More...
In the News

Eczema Findings Support Hygiene Hypothesis

In the first two years of life, babies born to women who have contact with cats and farm animals appear to have significantly less eczema than those born to women who were not exposed to such animals during pregnancy. Eczema, a skin condition characterized by irritated, dry, and itchy skin, is thought to be the result of an overactive immune system. Researchers believe that early exposure to diverse microbes trains the immune system to be less prone to allergic overreactions to benign substances later, an idea known as the "hygiene hypothesis." More...
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