Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

oeuvre

Definition:(noun) The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it).
Synonyms:body of work
Usage: The musicologist studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre.
Article of the Day

Reiki

Reiki is an alternative healing practice in which the practitioner is believed to channel energy into the patient in order to encourage healing. Named for a Japanese term meaning "universal life force," it was developed in the 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion who was intrigued by accounts of Christ's ability to heal people by touching them. Reiki practitioners use simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques during sessions in which what happens? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tippecanoe (1811)

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought between US forces and the forces of Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader who sought to stem US expansion by establishing a confederacy of Native American tribes. Led by Tecumseh's brother, the Shawnee attacked US forces camped near their village. Both sides suffered similar losses, but the battle dealt a serious blow to the Native American military movement and was ultimately considered a victory for the US. What was done to the bodies of the fallen after the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Albert Camus (1913)

Camus was an Algerian-French novelist, essayist, and playwright. He spent the war years in Paris, and the French Resistance brought him into the circle of Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism. In 1942, he became a leading literary figure with his enigmatic first novel, The Stranger, a study of 20th-century alienation, and the philosophical essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," an analysis of contemporary nihilism and the concept of the absurd. What else did Camus write? More...
Quotation of the Day
By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

have the say

To have the ultimate authority to command, control, or make a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Revolution Day (Soviet Union) (2016)

Revolution Day commemorates the October Revolution of 1917, when the Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian government by seizing power in Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg, later named Leningrad, and in 1991, after the collapse of the Communist Party, renamed St. Petersburg). The coup took place on November 7 (October 25 on the Julian calendar) and, through the years, was celebrated as a national holiday marking the start of the Soviet regime. All of this ended in 1991 with the Soviet Union's disintegration. More...
In the News

Bland Food Is Sounding Better

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that 12 percent of spices imported by the US are contaminated with bug parts, rodent hairs, and other unsavory things. Furthermore, about 7 percent of spice imports are contaminated with salmonella. In its report on the issue, the FDA noted that imported spices contain twice as much "filth" as other imported foodstuffs. The findings may turn your stomach, but, luckily, relatively few consumers actually get sick from eating contaminated spices. More...
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