Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

layperson

Definition:(noun) Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.
Synonyms:secular
Usage: Many religious doctrines bar the average layperson from conducting certain rites and rituals that are reserved for ordained clergy.
Article of the Day

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah Churchill was one of the most influential women in British history. A childhood friend of Queen Anne, she served as a lady of the bedchamber after Anne's marriage, and when Anne acceded to the throne in 1702, Sarah enjoyed great favor at court along with her husband, the duke of Marlborough. She was a strong-willed woman and her influence grew until her Whig sympathies alienated Anne, who dismissed her in 1711. Who are a few of her famous descendents? More...
This Day in History

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

In his 1823 address to Congress, US President James Monroe laid out the terms of the American foreign policy that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine, effectively declaring the Western Hemisphere off-limits to European colonization. Concerned that European powers would attempt to restore Spain's former colonies, he declared that any attempt by a European power to control any nation in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as a hostile act. How was the doctrine applied during the Cold War? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859)

Seurat was the French neoimpressionist painter who devised pointillism, the technique of juxtaposing tiny brushstrokes of contrasting colors. He used this method to create huge compositions, including his masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. One of the most intellectual artists of his time, Seurat influenced a return to deliberate design in painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. How long did it take him to complete his masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Today's Holiday

United Arab Emirates National Day (2015)

This national holiday commemorates the December 2, 1971, expiration of a British treaty that inhibited self-rule for the sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf in the eastern Arabian peninsula, and the union of seven of the sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States to become the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates' major cities celebrate National Day December 2 and 3. More...
In the News

Working Moms Multitasking More than Men at Home

US women, working mothers in particular, spend many more hours multitasking in the home than men, despite the fact that they tend to find multitasking to be more stressful. Overall, mothers in dual-income families were found to spend a total of 48.3 hours each week multitasking in the home. Fathers, meanwhile, spent only 38.9 hours doing so—a difference of nearly 10 hours. Furthermore, the jobs women took on at home were generally more physically demanding than those their partners undertook. More...
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