Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

empathize

Definition:(verb) Be understanding of.
Synonyms:sympathize, understand
Usage: Having changed schools several times as a child, I empathize with the transfer students.
Article of the Day

The Third Servile War

The Servile Wars were three slave uprisings—the last of which was led by the gladiator Spartacus—that took place in the later years of the Roman Republic. With a force of 90,000 gladiators, slaves, and peasants, Spartacus overran most of southern Italy in 73 BCE. He led his army north, hoping to release them to find freedom, but they refused to abandon their campaign. After Spartacus was killed in battle, the revolt was cruelly put down by Crassus and Pompey. How were the survivors punished? More...
This Day in History

Martin Luther Posts His Ninety-Five Theses (1517)

According to the traditional account, Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany—an event now seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Written in response to the selling of indulgences to pay for the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the theses represented an implicit criticism of papal policy and aroused much controversy. What formal title did Luther give the Ninety-Five Theses? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Landon (1936)

After appearing in minor roles on TV, Landon made his film debut in 1957's I Was a Teenage Werewolf. He endeared himself to audiences as Little Joe in the western series Bonanza (1959-1973) and later as Charles Ingalls in the series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. He also sometimes wrote and directed episodes for the shows in which he acted, including Highway to Heaven. A prankster, Landon put what reptile in his mouth to get a laugh? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have had the biscuit

To be no longer functional or useful; to be dead or about to perish. Primarily heard in Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Reformation Day (2016)

When Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German monk and religious reformer, nailed his 95 "theses" (or propositions) to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, so many people agreed with his ideas that they spread throughout western Europe and touched off a religious revolt known as the Reformation. As a result, many Christians broke their centuries-old connection with the Roman Catholic Church and established independent churches of their own, prime among them being the Lutheran Church. October 31 is observed by most Protestant denominations as Reformation Day. More...
In the News

Hormones Sabotage Weight Loss

A lack of willpower may not be to blame for the fact that most dieters end up regaining the weight within a year of slimming down. Hormonal disruption, on the other hand, may be the culprit. Dieting and weight loss disrupt hunger-related hormones, causing a decrease in the levels of at least one appetite-suppressing hormone and an increase in the levels of other hormones, including one that stimulates hunger. It turns out that these hormonal changes can persist for as long as a year, making maintaining weight loss particularly challenging. More...
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