Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

bowdlerize

Definition:(verb) Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.
Synonyms:expurgate, sanitize
Usage: The publisher refused to bowdlerize the classic novel, so the school board voted to place it on the district's banned books list.
Article of the Day

The Mongolian Death Worm

The terrifyingly named Mongolian death worm is a creature purported to live in China's Gobi Desert. Though its existence is widely debated, it is described as a bright red worm with a wide body that is 2 to 5 feet (0.6 to 1.5 m) long and is said to resemble a cow's intestine. Mongolian locals claim that the worm can emit an electrical shock and spew acid that kills humans on contact and corrodes anything it touches. How did the Western world find out about the Mongolian death worm in 1926? 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
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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

Don't Worry, This Won't Hurt a Bit

It is natural to want to reassure children during medical procedures, but it may be better to refrain from doing so. A study of children's anxiety during dental visits suggests that placating words from nurses actually raise their stress levels rather than lowering them. Comments like "Don't worry; it won't hurt" or "It's not going to last much longer" distress children by drawing attention to the negative aspects of the treatment. Kids seem to do better when they receive praise instead. For example, if a child opens his or her mouth, the nurse could say, "Well done for opening your mouth wide!" More...
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