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

John Brown Hanged for Raid on Harpers Ferry (1859)

Brown was a radical US abolitionist who advocated armed action to end slavery. He and his supporters murdered five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, and three years later he tried to start an armed liberation movement among slaves by seizing the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, intending to arm local slaves with its weapons. His small force was soon overpowered, and Brown was captured, tried for treason, convicted, and hanged. What went wrong during the raid? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Dix (1891)

A German painter and printmaker, Dix fought in World War I and returned haunted by what he had witnessed. After experimenting with Impressionism and Dada, he arrived at Expressionism and began producing works depicting nightmarish scenes of the horrors of war and the depravities of a decadent society. His antimilitary works aroused the wrath of the Nazi regime and he was dismissed from his academic posts in 1933. On what charges was he arrested in 1939? More...
Quotation of the Day
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Gospel Day (2016)

Gospel Day in the Marshall Islands is similar to Thanksgiving day in the US. The Marshallese people attend church on this day to commemorate the first missionaries who brought the light of God to the Marshall Islands. The largest church in the Marshall Islands is the United Church of Christ; however, many other Protestant denominations have churches in the Marshall Islands, including Assembly of God, Baptist, and Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, the Catholic Church has established a strong presence in the islands. 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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