Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

begrudge

Definition:(verb) To envy the possession or enjoyment of.
Synonyms:envy
Usage: I begrudge him his success.
Article of the Day

Madeline

Madeline is a children's book series created by Austrian author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book in the series, just called Madeline, was published in 1939, and was followed by several sequels. The books chronicle spunky, red-haired Madeline's daily adventures at a Parisian boarding school—including taking in a dog and having her appendix removed—while her teacher Miss Clavel tries to keep her in line. What are Madeline's famous opening lines? 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
It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

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

Adding an Apple a Day Could Prevent Thousands of Deaths

Researchers say people should pay heed to the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Ninety percent of adults eat at least one portion of fruit every day, but less than a third actually get the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Adding just one apple, or a serving of any fruit or vegetable, to one's daily diet could have significant health implications. According to the researchers' calculations, if every adult in the UK increased his or her daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by one serving, 11,000 deaths due to vascular issues could be avoided each year. More...
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