Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

overblown

Definition:(adjective) Puffed up with vanity.
Synonyms:pompous, grandiloquent, pontifical, portentous
Usage: The book contains a heavy dose of overblown lyrical description.
Article of the Day

Barley

One of the first crops domesticated by humans, barley also had the distinction of being used to make one of the first alcoholic drinks—beer. With its short growing season, barley is adaptable to a greater range of climates than any other cereal. It thus became a staple cereal of ancient Egypt, featured in ancient Greek rituals, was used as currency, and even had it grains used for measurement in England. Shoe sizes in the US and UK are based on a historic inch equivalent to how many barleycorns? 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
Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Today's Holiday

Maroon Festival (2016)

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

Drug Color Differences May Deter Use

Prescription pills come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, but when the same drug is made available in more than one color, it puts people's lives at risk. Researchers say that people are less likely to take a medication as prescribed if its color is switched, as can happen when a person is switched from a brand-name to a generic drug. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration only requires that generic drugs be as effective as their name-brand counterparts and does not regulate their appearance. This could change if researchers establish that differences in drug appearance endanger consumers. More...
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