Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

retrograde

Definition:(adjective) Tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating.
Synonyms:deteriorating, backward, regressive, retrogressive
Usage: It would be a retrograde step to revert to the old system.
Article of the Day

Catharism

The Cathars were members of a Christian sect that flourished in France in the 12th and 13th centuries. Because most adherents believed in reincarnation—as opposed to resurrection—as a way of reaching the pure spirit realm, the Roman Catholic Church regarded the sect as heretical and launched the Albigensian Crusade to crush the movement. In one account of a massacre of some 20,000 Cathars, one of the crusade's commanders is asked how to tell Cathars from Catholics. What was his famous reply? More...
This Day in History

First Oktoberfest Held in Munich, Germany (1810)

The first Oktoberfest was held as a horse race celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen. In the years that followed, the race was combined with the state agricultural fair, and food and drink were offered. Since that time the 16-day festival has become, above all else, a celebration of German beer, drawing more than five million attendees annually. How many millions of liters of beer did Oktoberfest attendees consume in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Edith Stein (1891)

Born into an observant Jewish family, Stein converted to Christianity in 1922. After studying philosophy, she became a nun in 1934. She moved from Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, but in 1942 she was arrested because of her Jewish heritage. She was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and died in the gas chamber that year. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and is also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. With what miracles is Stein credited? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me a hard case to make slaves of those whom God and nature have made free.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1968, Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain after being one of its colonies for nearly 300 years. On October 12—the same day on which Columbus Day is celebrated elsewhere in the world—Equatorial Guinea celebrates its autonomy with a national holiday. More...
In the News

Antibiotic History of a Hospital Bed May Increase a Patient's Risk of Infection

If the previous occupant of a hospital bed received antibiotics, the next patient who uses that bed may be at higher risk for a severe form of infectious diarrhea, according to a new study. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) diarrhea causes 27,000 deaths ... More...
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