Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 8, 2013)
Word of the Day

drivel

Definition:(noun) Foolish or senseless talk.
Synonyms:nonsense, rubbish, garbage
Usage: I was hoping my teacher would not actually listen to my presentation, because I knew it was absolute drivel, but the "F" on my transcript was proof that I had not fooled anyone.
Article of the Day

The Butterfly Effect

The idea that a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere in a complex system—for instance, that the flapping of a butterfly's wings might eventually produce a hurricane—is called the butterfly effect. A common trope in science fiction involving time travel, the butterfly effect is studied in chaos theory. The term was coined by meteorologist Edward Lorenz, the first to describe "deterministic chaos" as a shaper of weather. How did he accidentally discover the butterfly effect? More...
This Day in History

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Opens Its Doors (1837)

The first of the Seven Sisters—traditionally female colleges often considered the equivalent to the historically male-dominated Ivy League—Mount Holyoke is one of the oldest women's colleges in the US. It was founded by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education, in the midst of a movement that created unprecedented new educational opportunities for women in the US. Many colleges were later modeled on Mount Holyoke. What unusual feature did each dorm room at the seminary originally have? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Day (1897)

Day was an American journalist, Christian anarchist, and social reformer. She originally wrote for the New York socialist journals The Call and The Masses. After the birth of her daughter in 1927, she converted to Catholicism, cofounded The Catholic Worker, and started a movement to aid the urban poor. Although her outspoken pacifist views were criticized by Catholic conservatives, she influenced Catholic liberals. What honor did she receive 20 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2017)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
In the News

Swaddling May Damage Hip Development

The age-old practice of swaddling infants fell out of favor long ago, but it is currently undergoing a resurgence, and this could be placing babies' hips at risk. Swaddling involves tightly wrapping an infant in a cloth or blanket. This is thought to mimic the sensation of being in the womb and have a soothing effect. However, some experts worry that tightly restricting the movement of the hip joints at such an early stage could alter their development, leading to later problems. More...
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