Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

bolide

Definition:(noun) An especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding).
Synonyms:fireball
Usage: Nancy stared in awe through her telescope as a bolide rocketed into her view, shining brightly in the night sky.
Article of the Day

Sati

Sati is an Indian funerary practice in which a widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre. Though its stated purpose is to purge the sins of the couple and ensure their reunion in the afterlife, the practice has been encouraged by the low status of widowhood. Practiced since the 4th century BCE, sati became widespread in India in the 17th and 18th centuries, and not all instances were voluntary. Today, it occurs rarely, and mostly in remote areas. When was the practice outlawed? More...
This Day in History

University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L'Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women's rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women's suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

good books

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good books" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2016)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More...
In the News

Yikes! Toilet Seats Cleaner than Cutting Boards

It seems disturbingly counterintuitive, but it turns out that toilet seats are actually cleaner than many kitchen items, including cutting boards, sponges, and dishcloths. The average toilet seat is contaminated with 50 bacteria per square inch. By contrast, the average cutting board is contaminated with about 200 times more fecal bacteria, and the average dishcloth contains 20,000 times the bacteria. Even worse, sponges are a whopping 200,000 times more bacteria laden. If the findings are any indication, people could learn something from the relative cleanliness of their bathrooms and need to take greater pains to keep kitchen surfaces clean. More...
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