Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

self-righteous

Definition:(adjective) Excessively or hypocritically pious.
Synonyms:holier-than-thou, pharisaic, sanctimonious, pietistic
Usage: My self-righteous neighbor Mary makes herself out to be a paragon of virtue and chastity, but I know that she has some dirty little secrets of her own.
Article of the Day

Winklepickers

A staple of rock-and-roll fashion in Britain from the 1950s onward, winklepicker shoes and boots are noted for their extremely pointed toes. They were originally worn by both male and female rock-and-roll fans, and later became popular with the mod and punk subcultures as well. Their association with the music scene continues to this day, as they are worn by members of bands such as Kings of Leon and The Horrors. From what kitchen utensil did winklepickers derive their unusual name? More...
This Day in History

The Flushing Remonstrance Signed (1657)

While serving as governor of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant became known for his harsh rule and intolerance of religious dissenters. In 1657, several citizens petitioned Stuyvesant to remove his ban on Quaker worship. Now known as the Flushing Remonstrance—named for the town of Flushing that is today a part of Queens, New York—the petition is considered a precursor to the US Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights. How did Stuyvesant respond? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Bernoulli (1654)

Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician who, with his brother Johann, pioneered German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz's calculus. The first to use the word "integral" in solving Leibniz's problem of the isochronous curve, Jakob used calculus to study the forms of many curves arising in practical situations. In 1713, he wrote Ars Conjectandi, or The Art of Conjecture, an important treatise on the theory of probability that contained the Bernoulli numbers, which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

St. John the Evangelist's Day (2015)

John the Evangelist was thought to be not only the youngest of the Apostles but the longest-lived, dying peacefully of natural causes at an advanced age. Although he escaped actual martyrdom, St. John endured considerable persecution and suffering for his beliefs. He is said to have drunk poison to prove his faith, been cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, and at one point banished to the Greek island of Patmos. He remained miraculously unharmed throughout these trials and returned to Ephesus, where it is believed he wrote the Gospel according to John. More...
In the News

Police to Investigate Bogside's Bloody Sunday

Forty years ago, British Army soldiers shot and killed 13 civil rights protesters in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, and injured 14 others. An initial investigation, held in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, largely cleared the soldiers and British authorities, but a second inquiry completed in 2010 found that the Army had fired the first shots and was to blame for the bloodshed. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the events that transpired on that Bloody Sunday, but a criminal investigation is now being undertaken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and could lead to charges against the soldiers involved. More...
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