Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

homily

Definition:(noun) A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse.
Synonyms:preachment
Usage: The priest addressed a hasty homily to the pair on the perils of life, on the duties they must, some day, inculcate upon their children.
Article of the Day

Mongolian Script

The classic Mongolian script was the first of many writing systems created for the Mongolian language. It is still in use today—having been only slightly modified since its initial development—in China's Inner Mongolia region. The script was created in the early 13th century, when Genghis Khan ordered a captured scribe to create a writing system. In 1587, a number of new characters were devised to transcribe sounds from foreign languages. In what direction is Mongolian script written? More...
This Day in History

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Is Assassinated (1995)

Rabin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in the historic Oslo Accords—widely considered a major milestone in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—but not everyone supported the treaty, which stipulated that Israel would withdraw from certain contested Palestinian territories. Following a Tel Aviv peace rally, Rabin was shot and killed by Yigal Amir, an extremist Israeli law student who opposed Rabin's peace efforts. What Jewish law did Amir claim justified the assassination? More...
Today's Birthday

Carlos Polestico Garcia (1896)

After graduating from law school, Garcia became a schoolteacher, poet, and public official in his native Philippines. Elected vice president in 1953, he became president upon his predecessor's unexpected death in 1957. Though he maintained ties with the US, he was known for his "Filipino First" policy, which emphasized the sovereignty and economic interests of the Filipino people over those of outsiders. He retired from public life in 1961. However, in 1971, he died just days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

glimmer of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. More...
Today's Holiday

Kartika Purnima (2017)

Hindus celebrate Kartika Purnima in honor of the day when God incarnated himself as the Matsya Avatar in fish form. According to Hindu mythology, the purpose of this incarnation was to save Vavaswata, the seventh Manu and progenitor of the human race, from destruction by a deluge. Bathing in the Ganges or in other holy water is considered to be of special religious significance. Hindus spend the day fasting, meditating, and performing charitable acts. It is also believed the Shankara killed the demon Tripurasura on this day, for which he is also called the Tripurari. More...
In the News

How NASA Has the Tools to 'Sniff' Out Life on Mars

A team of NASA researchers have developed a "sniffer" with "a nose for certain molecules." The instrument could analyze dust on Mars for signs of life. Inspired by a sensor currently used by the US military to scan the air for potentially dangerous chemicals and ... More...
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