Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

headstrong

Definition:(adjective) Determined to have one's own way.
Synonyms:stubborn, willful, obstinate
Usage: Every man is in his youth impetuous, headstrong, and obstinate in maintaining his own opinion.
Article of the Day

The Mbira

The mbira, or thumb piano, is an African musical instrument that dates to at least the 16th century. Originally brought to Latin America by African slaves, it is made of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and has several attached metal or bamboo strips that vibrate when plucked by the player's thumbs or fingers. Some cultures, such as the Shona people of Zimbabwe, use mbira music to communicate with ancestral spirits. What objects are often placed on the soundboard to create a buzzing sound? More...
This Day in History

Cathedral of Chartres Is Dedicated (1260)

Dedicated in 1260 in the presence of King Louis IX, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres is one of the most influential examples of High Gothic architecture. The main structure was built between 1194 and 1220 and replaced a 12th-century church—of which only the crypt, the base, and the western facade remain. Recognized by its imposing spires, the cathedral is known for its stained-glass windows and Renaissance choir screen. It is also home to the Sancta Camisa, which is what? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632)

Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist and maker of microscopes whose observations helped lay the foundations for the sciences of bacteriology and protozoology. He assembled hundreds of microscopes, nine of which survive today and can magnify objects as much as 275 times. In the course of his examination of innumerable microorganisms and tissue samples, he gave the first complete descriptions of bacteria and protozoa—which he called animalcules. What likely kindled his interest in microscopes? More...
Quotation of the Day
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Disarmament Week (2015)

The United Nations' Disarmament Week, observed between October 24 and October 30, was established in 1978. It begins on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, now observed as United Nations Day. Observance revolves around raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament. More...
In the News

Milk Sharing Could Endanger Babies

Breast milk may provide numerous health benefits to babies, but websites meant to facilitate milk sharing could be doing more harm than good. Researchers tested 101 milk samples purchased from such sites and found that nearly three quarters of the samples were contaminated with disease-causing bacteria like E. coli or contained harmful levels of bacteria such as streptococci. Sellers' claims that they were healthy or that their milk was safe were found not to be reliable indicators of product safety. More...
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