Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

frowsty

Definition:(adjective) Stale and unclean smelling.
Synonyms:fusty, musty
Usage: As a college student, all I could afford was a frowsty basement apartment, but it served its purpose.
Article of the Day

Eid ul-Fitr

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. When Ramadan ends, they celebrate its conclusion with the three-day holiday Eid ul-Fitr, or simply Eid. After communities gather to pray, people put on new clothes, children are given presents, and everyone visits relatives and friends. It is the time when everyone asks pardon for all the wrongs of the past year. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid can fall in any season of the year. What is the common Eid greeting? More...
This Day in History

Holland Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1927)

The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to Jersey City, was designed specifically for automobile traffic and included ventilator systems to reduce carbon monoxide exposure. One of first examples of ventilated design, the tunnel was an engineering marvel of the time. Construction required workers to spend large amounts of time under high pressure. Upon exiting the tunnel, they underwent a depressurization process that prevented them from developing what painful physiological condition? More...
Today's Birthday

Esaias Tegnér (1782)

Tegnér was the most popular of the Swedish romantic poets. An optimistic nationalist in his youth, he wrote the militant anti-Russian Svea and Axel, followed by Frithjof's Saga, which is based on collections of Scandinavian sagas and is considered the masterpiece of the Swedish Gothic tradition. The son of a pastor and a bishop himself, his sermons and speeches are classics of the Swedish language. Subject to periods of madness, he composed what epic poem in an asylum? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini (2015)

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More...
In the News

UN Appeals for Aid for Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

The news out of the Philippines remains grim. At least 10,000 people are feared dead following a devastating typhoon—one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall—that struck the central Philippines on Friday. Typhoon Haiyan also left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and affected millions more. Several countries have already sent aid to help the victims, but damaged infrastructure and continued bad weather are hindering relief efforts. The UN has issued a call for $301 million (£190 million) in aid for the island nation. More...
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