Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 31, 2013)
Word of the Day

malefactor

Definition:(noun) Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime.
Synonyms:criminal, crook, felon, outlaw
Usage: A judge having sentenced a malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.
Article of the Day

Hermaphroditism

A hermaphrodite is an animal or plant that has both male and female reproductive systems. The term derives from Greek mythology—Hermes and Aphrodite's son Hermaphroditus possessed physical traits of both sexes after fusing with a nymph. Hermaphroditism is quite common in flowering plants and in invertebrates like snails. "Hermaphrodite" has also been used to describe humans with both male and female genital tissues but is now considered misleading and stigmatizing. What term is preferred? 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
Brains are at a discount in the married state. There is no demand for them, no appreciation even.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Exercise Gets Kids' Brains in Gear

Researchers have found another reason for kids to exercise—it is good for their brains. A recent study has found that children who get regular exercise perform better academically. Researchers found that for every 15 minutes of daily exercise, performance in subjects like English, math, and science increases by an average of about a quarter of a grade. While most youngsters involved in the study exercised far less than the recommended 60 minutes a day, if they did, they could improve their academic performance by as much as a full letter grade. More...
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