Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

hirsute

Definition:(adjective) Covered with hair; hairy.
Synonyms:hairy
Usage: The hirsute man used to joke that he looked like a grizzly bear.
Article of the Day

Parliament of the World's Religions

The Parliament of the World's Religions of 1893 was the first attempt to open a dialogue between representatives of religions from around the globe. It was held in concert with Chicago's World Columbian Exposition, an early world's fair, and marked the first formal gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. Since then, a number of parliaments dedicated to interfaith dialogue have been held around the world. What faiths were notably absent from the first parliament? More...
This Day in History

Erie Canal Opens (1825)

The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies. Commercial traffic on the canal has since dwindled, and it is now used mainly for what purpose? More...
Today's Birthday

François Mitterrand (1916)

Initially a supporter of the Vichy government during World War II, Mitterrand joined the Resistance in 1943. After the war, he held cabinet posts in 11 Fourth Republic governments. He ran unsuccessfully against Charles de Gaulle's government in 1965 but was elected president in 1981 and 1988, after which he strongly promoted European integration. Mitterrand retired in 1995, having served longer than any other French president. Who succeeded him as president of France? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) on

To be busy or engaged with something; to have plans to do something at a particular point in time. More...
Today's Holiday

Rama Ekadashi (2016)

Ekadashi is the Hindi word for "eleventh." Hindus observe 24 11th-day fasts during the course of the Hindu year, although some are more important than others. Each Ekadashi is held in honor of a different Hindu legend and has specific religious duties associated with it. Eating rice, however, is prohibited on all Ekadashi. According to legend, a demon was born of the sweat that fell from Brahma's head on this day, and Brahma instructed it to inhabit the rice grains eaten by people on Ekadashi and to turn into worms in their stomachs. More...
In the News

Plague Began Infecting Humans Earlier than Thought

The germ that causes the plague began infecting humans thousands of years earlier than scientists had previously thought. Researchers analyzed teeth from the remains of 101 individuals that were collected from a variety of museums and archaeological ... More...
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