Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

sloven

Definition:(noun) One who is habitually careless in personal appearance or work.
Synonyms:slob, pig
Usage: I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws than with a sloven and unpresentable person.
Article of the Day

Buddhist Art

Buddhist art originated on the Indian subcontinent around the 5th century BCE, following the historical life of Gautama Buddha—the religious leader and founder of Buddhism. Around the 1st century CE, the aniconic tradition of avoiding direct representation of Buddha's bodily form was replaced with an iconic style of art that permitted the depiction of his human figure. What monument is the largest Buddhist structure in the world and contains more than 500 Buddha statutes? More...
This Day in History

Jens Olsen's World Clock Is Started by Danish King Frederick IX (1955)

Originally a skilled locksmith, Jens Olsen learned the trade of clock-making and, in the 1920s, designed an exceedingly intricate astronomical clock made of more than 14,000 parts. Today displayed in Copenhagen City Hall, the clock shows not only the time and date but also lunar and solar eclipses and the positions of stars and planets. The complex clock took over a decade to assemble, and Olsen died before his masterpiece was finally set in motion by King Frederick IX. Who helped him start it? More...
Today's Birthday

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37 CE)

Nero became emperor of Rome by murdering his mother and step-brother. His respectful treatment of the Senate made him a popular emperor in the east, but his reign was marred by unemployment and a major revolt in Britain. After a fire ravaged Rome in 64 CE, he persecuted the Christians as scapegoats. With his reign in decline, Nero went on a murderous rampage, was condemned by the Senate, and chose suicide over execution. According to legend, Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Is it true? More...
Quotation of the Day
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

be kept in the dark (about something)

To be kept uninformed (about something); to be excluded from full knowledge or disclosure (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2017)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
In the News

'Gentle Bot' Brings a Human Touch to Robotics

Robots of the future may have a more human touch, thanks to researchers at Cornell University. In a recent paper published in the journal Science Robotics, robotics engineers outlined their latest invention: a soft robot hand, known as the "Gentle Bot," that is able ... More...
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