Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

cleave

Definition:(verb) Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.
Synonyms:rive, split
Usage: The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.
Article of the Day

Neopaganism

Neopaganism is an umbrella term for a variety of modern religious movements, particularly those inspired by the pre-Christian traditions of the Egyptians, Greeks, Norse, and Celts. Neopagans fall into two broad categories, nature-oriented and magical groups, and often engage in arcane and elaborate rituals. Two of the movement's most influential thinkers were Alphonse L. Constant and Gerard Encausse, who helped popularize the movement in the 19th century. What is the largest Neopagan religion? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hurricane of 1780 Forms (1780)

The Great Hurricane of 1780 was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Coming during a very active hurricane season, the storm formed on October 9 and struck Barbados the next day with winds possibly exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h). It then passed over several other islands, leaving mass destruction in its wake. Thousands of deaths were reported on each island, and more than 20,000 people had died by the time the storm dissipated. How did the hurricane impact the American Revolution? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter O'Malley (1903)

Born in New York City, O'Malley was the owner of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1950 to 1979. In 1958, he moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and helped to coordinate the move of the New York Giants to San Francisco at a time when there were no teams west of Missouri. Though ultimately successful, the transplantation of the Dodgers made O'Malley a target of vilification by Brooklyn fans. However, some blame what powerful official for the team's move? More...
Quotation of the Day
The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen of either.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (something)

To have a very keen or particular interest in something; to really like or enjoy something. More...
Today's Holiday

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival (2016)

The Madison County Covered Bridge Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in October in and around Winterset, Iowa. The town is located in Madison County, which is noted for its historic wooden covered bridges. In addition to bridge tours, the weekend's festivities include demonstrations of such traditional activities as sheep shearing, wool spinning, and soap making. Entertainment includes barbershop quartets, square dancers, and cloggers, while quilts and antiques are on display. A parade of antique cars is a highlight of the weekend. More...
In the News

One in 10 Parents Delays Kids' Vaccines

According to a US survey, more than 10 percent of parents alter the vaccination schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by delaying or refusing certain vaccines for their young children. About two percent of US parents refuse to have their children vaccinated at all. Despite a lack of evidence regarding the safety or effectiveness of delaying or eliminating certain vaccines in young children, many parents who elect to do so cite safety concerns. Public health officials, meanwhile, are worried about the risk of illness in unvaccinated children and the possibility of outbreaks among this population. More...
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