Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

analgesic

Definition:(noun) A medicine used to relieve pain.
Synonyms:anodyne, painkiller
Usage: An over-the-counter analgesic is not going to suffice for this pain.
Article of the Day

Nasserism

Nasserism is a political ideology based on the thinking of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who served as president of Egypt from 1956–70. Combining elements of Arab socialism, republicanism, nationalism, anti-imperialism, and non-alignment, it became one of the most potent political ideologies in the Arab world. Though Nasserism was tarnished when Nasser led the Arab world in the disastrous Six Day War of 1967, it is still espoused by some Egyptian political parties. Nasser died suddenly of what in 1970? 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
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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

Energy Consumption in US Homes Falls to Lowest Level in a Over Decade

We live in the age of the gadget; we are more plugged in than ever before. Yet, home electricity use in the US has been steadily dropping for the past three years thanks to the development and increased affordability of energy-efficient housing, appliances, and devices. Last year, energy consumption levels fell to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, the lowest level since 2001. This trend is expected to continue in 2014, with experts predicting another one percent drop in usage for the year. More...
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