Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

tellurian

Definition:(noun) An inhabitant of the earth; a terrestrial.
Synonyms:earthling
Usage: I was the first tellurian the Martians had ever seen, and they were as curious about me as I was about them.
Article of the Day

Kamadeva

Kamadeva is the Hindu deity of human love—similar to Eros and Cupid in the Greek and Roman traditions. Kama is celebrated in the colorful and boisterous spring festival called Holi. In the Vedic age, Kama personified cosmic desire or the creative impulse. He was later depicted as a handsome youth attended by heavenly nymphs, who shot love-producing flower arrows from a sugarcane bow. Despite his harmless appearance, Kama once so enraged Shiva that the great god incinerated him. What had he done? More...
This Day in History

Endangered Species Act Established in US (1973)

Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction and preserve the ecosystems they inhabit, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 prohibits harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting an "endangered" or "threatened" species and establishes penalties for doing so. A citizen suit clause allows citizens to sue others, even the government, to enforce the law. What species' populations have increased since the act's adoption? More...
Today's Birthday

Stan Lee (1922)

A giant in the world of comic books, Lee is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics and the creator of numerous comic book superheroes. With several artist collaborators, Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, among many others, and is credited with introducing complex, naturalistic characters into superhero comic books. Lee has made cameo appearances in what films featuring characters that he helped create? More...
Quotation of the Day
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Today's Holiday

Holy Innocents' Day (2015)

Also known as Innocents' Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. Not surprisingly, this day has long been regarded as unlucky. In ancient times, the "Massacre of the Innocents" was reenacted by whipping the younger members of a family. But, over the years, the tables turned, and in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools' Day. More...
In the News

Multivitamins May Not Provide Major Health Benefit

Multivitamins are a multibillion dollar industry, but data suggest people may be better off saving their money. Several studies found that multivitamin use does not protect against age-related cognitive decline in men, nor does it reduce the risk of heart disease. Multivitamins' protective effects against cancer and cataracts have also been found to be very slight. Experts say there is no "magic pill" that will compensate for poor lifestyle habits; the best way to protect one's health is by being active and eating right. More...
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