Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

hornswoggle

Definition:(verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms:bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize
Usage: I might be a thief, but even I think it is shameful to hornswoggle an old lady out of her life savings!
Article of the Day

Mammon

In the New Testament, Mammon is the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god. The term is also used generally in the Bible to describe wealth as a source of corruption. "You cannot serve God and mammon"—meaning that you cannot be both a good person and absorbed with gaining wealth—is one of the most noted Biblical proverbs. The common literary usage of Mammon as a god of covetousness or avarice likely stems from what text, in which Mammon oversees a cave of worldly wealth? 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
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

Shut Off the Lights for Better Shuteye

When it is time for bed, turning off the TV and any lights in the bedroom could help you sleep better. Researchers say artificial light at night can affect brain activity levels and lead to poor quality sleep. When study participants were made to sleep in a room with a fluorescent lamp turned on, they spent more time in a shallow stage of sleep and had more "micro-arousals" during the night than when they slept in a room with no artificial light. More...
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