Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

contravene

Definition:(verb) To act or be counter to; violate.
Synonyms:infringe, run afoul, conflict
Usage: This deportation order contravenes basic human rights and must be overturned.
Article of the Day

Herding Dogs

A herding dog is a type of pastoral dog that has been selectively bred for the purpose of directing and controlling the movement of livestock. Renowned for their intelligence and responsiveness to commands, these dogs make excellent pets as long as they are kept active. Potential owners should also be aware that the dogs’ herding instinct may occasionally lead them to bump people or nip at their heels in an attempt to herd them. What is the difference between a header and a heeler? More...
This Day in History

First Version of Perl Programming Language Released (1987)

Perl is a high-level computer programming language written by Larry Wall that combines syntax from several Unix utilities and languages. Introduced in 1987, Perl is designed to handle a variety of system administrator functions and provides comprehensive string handling functions. Its use has grown significantly since its adoption as the language of choice of many Web developers, and Perl is now one of the most popular languages for writing CGI scripts. How did the language get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Moses (1888)

For 40 years, Moses—"master builder" of mid-20th-century New York—held a series of municipal positions that allowed him to radically change the city and its environs by creating a system of parkways, bridges, tunnels, and housing projects. Arguably the most powerful person in state government from the 1930s to the 1950s, he is credited with building 416 miles of parkway, 13 major bridges, and 658 playgrounds and setting aside over 2 million acres of parkland. Why was his approach controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
And knows no disappointment.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude (2015)

The Virgen de la Soledad, or Our Lady of Solitude, is the patroness of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Preparations for her fiesta begin several days before December 18, when carnival rides and food booths are set up in the vicinity of the church. For several evenings there are calendas, processions of men and women carrying colored paper lanterns illuminated by candles. There are also floats and huge papier-mâché caricatures of well-known individuals. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the state of Oaxaca to see the Virgin, who is dressed in velvet and satin gowns. More...
In the News

Americans Waiting Longer to Marry, Many Not Marrying

US census data for 2010 showed that the number of new marriages dropped five percent between 2009 and 2010, bringing the percentage of married US adults to a record low. Whereas 72 percent of American adults were married in 1960, just 51 percent are married today. The median age for first-time brides and grooms has also risen, and now stands at 26.5 years and 28.7 years respectively. Similar trends are being seen in other developed countries around the world and may be attributed to a combination of economic, societal, political, and religious factors. More...
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