Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

callow

Definition:(adjective) Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.
Synonyms:unfledged
Usage: Although he is 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
Article of the Day

Sino-Roman Relations

Indirect contact between the Roman and Chinese empires began around the 2nd century BCE, when the Han Dynasty undertook westward expeditions and found other cultures. By 100 CE, Han ambassadors had tried to reach Rome itself. Ptolemy's Geographia, written circa 150 CE, contains references to China. In 166, Roman ambassadors finally made direct contact with China, and Roman soldiers are rumored to have settled there. Why did the Roman Senate try to prohibit the wearing of Chinese silk? More...
This Day in History

José Rizal Executed by Firing Squad (1896)

Rizal was a Philippine nationalist, author, and physician. In 1886, he published his first novel, a diatribe against Spanish administration and the religious orders in the Philippines. Angered, Spanish officials forced Rizal to leave his homeland. When he returned to Manila five years later, he was arrested as a revolutionary agitator. He was executed for treason four years after that, and his martyrdom incited a full-scale rebellion against Spanish rule. How many languages did Rizal speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Rudyard Kipling (1865)

Kipling was raised in England but returned to his birthplace, India, as a 16-year-old journalist. He soon became famous for his stories and poetry, which often feature the heat, strife, and ennui of India and romanticize British imperialism. While in the US in the 1890s, he published The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, stories of the boy Mowgli in the Indian jungle that have become children's classics. In 1907, he became the first English language writer to win what award? More...
Quotation of the Day
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2015)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
In the News

Healthcare Workers as Unhealthy as the Rest of Us

People expect healthcare professionals to be paragons of healthy living, but it appears that this is simply not the case. Phone surveys reveal that people whose jobs involve direct patient care are just as likely as anyone else to smoke, be overweight, and avoid dental visits. In fact, in certain respects, healthcare workers are more neglectful of their own health than those outside the industry. Female healthcare workers over 50, for example, are less likely to have had a recent mammogram than other women their age. Still, healthcare workers are more conscientious about a few things, including going for medical checkups, exercising, and refraining from heavy drinking. More...
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