Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

intermit

Definition:(verb) Cease an action temporarily.
Synonyms:pause, break
Usage: Pray to the gods to intermit the plague.
Article of the Day

The Sistrum

The sistrum is a percussion instrument that functions much like a tambourine. Often made of metal, it consists of a handle and a U-shaped frame run through with thin, loosely set crossbars. The crossbars can have little metal rings or loops on them, and when the sistrum is shaken, the crossbars and loops jangle. The sistrum was used in ancient Sumer, Rome, and Egypt, and some Egyptian goddesses were depicted holding the instrument. What churches still use the sistrum in religious services? 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
By indignities men come to dignities.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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

SpaceX Success Milestone for Commercial Spaceflight

The first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has ended with the unmanned space capsule's successful reentry and splashdown, marking a major milestone in the privatization of spaceflight. This was the first of 12 missions California-based company SpaceX is contracted to carry out for NASA, which retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011. The Dragon capsule delivered about 1,000 lb (450 kg) of cargo to the ISS and brought back broken machinery and medical samples collected from the astronauts aboard the station over the past year. More...
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