Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

incite

Definition:(verb) Provoke or stir up.
Synonyms:instigate, stir up, set off
Usage: Those who incite riots should be held accountable for the damage they cause.
Article of the Day

Lev Shestov

Shestov was a Ukrainian-born existentialist philosopher. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard, Shestov sought knowledge through ungrounded subjective thought instead of objective reason. He combined his existentialism with a religious outlook that emphasized a belief in the value of the human struggle. In 1921, he fled the aftermath of the October Revolution and lived in Paris until his death in 1938. What other philosophers did Shestov influence during his lifetime? More...
This Day in History

Cardiff Giant "Uncovered" in New York (1869)

One of the most famous hoaxes in American history, the Cardiff Giant was a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man. It was the creation of businessman George Hull, who had the figure sculpted, artificially weathered, buried, and dug up. After charging fascinated onlookers to view the figure, Hull sold the giant, which was so popular that P.T. Barnum even had an unauthorized copy of it made. What much-repeated aphorism was coined in reference to those paying to see Barnum's giant? More...
Today's Birthday

Noah Webster (1758)

Webster was an American lexicographer. After serving in the American Revolution, he published The Elementary Spelling Book, or "Blue-Backed Speller," which helped standardize American spelling and sold some 100 million copies. In 1807, he began work on his landmark American Dictionary of the English Language, which included definitions of 70,000 words—of which 12,000 had never appeared in a dictionary before. How many languages did he learn while compiling the dictionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wouldn't do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled. We would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

World Food Day (2015)

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More...
In the News

Minors in California Banned from Tanning Bed Use

California has become the first state in the US to ban minors—anyone under the age of 18—from using tanning beds. Previous legislation had banned those under the age of 14 from using ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices but allowed minors 14 and older to use them with parental consent. In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified UV-emitting tanning devices as carcinogenic after finding that skin cancer risk increases 75% when a person starts using a tanning device before the age of 30. Though California's new law is the most restrictive of any US state, Brazil has gone so far as to ban tanning beds entirely. More...
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