Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

round-shouldered

Definition:(adjective) Denoting a faulty posture characterized by drooping shoulders and a slight forward bending of the back.
Synonyms:hunched, stooped, crooked
Usage: I remember those girls merely as faces in the schoolroom,...cut off below the shoulders...by the ink-smeared tops of the high desks that were surely put there to make us round-shouldered and hollow-chested.
Article of the Day

Hadrian's Wall

Stretching 73.5 mi (118.3 km), Hadrian's Wall was an ancient Roman wall built in Britain. Constructed mainly in the 2nd century CE under Emperor Hadrian, it guarded the northwestern frontier of the province from Celtic and other invaders. Fragments of the wall, 6 ft (1.8 m) high and 8 ft (2.4 m) thick, and many of its mile stations are still extant and are some of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation. What other wall was built by the Romans in Britain? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon Shot by Mark David Chapman (1980)

While returning to his New York hotel with wife Yoko Ono one evening, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman, a delusional and possibly psychotic Beatles fan. Chapman eventually elected not to pursue an insanity defense and instead pled guilty to the murder, receiving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. He has since been denied parole on several occasions. Rather than flee the scene after shooting Lennon, Chapman hung around and read from what book until police arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832)

Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer, editor, and theatre director who won the 1903 Nobel Prize for Literature. He worked to stimulate national pride by linking Norwegian history and legend to modern ideals and sought to revive Norwegian as a literary language. His poem "Yes, We Love This Land Forever" serves as the lyrics of the Norwegian national anthem. Bjørnson is known as one of "the four great ones" of 19th-century Norwegian literature. Who are the other three? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2015)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is an important day throughout Latin America, but it is especially significant in the Mexican town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the celebration begins several days in advance. The town temporarily renames the streets where the festival will occur. On Calle de Alegria (Joy Street), for example, there are puppet shows, side shows, and musical performances. On the morning of December 8, the 11-inch image of the Virgin Mary leaves the local church, carried by priests on a silver litter. More...
In the News

1 in 10 US Teens and Preteens Sexting

According to a recent study, far fewer US teens are sexting—sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages—than previously thought. Just 10 percent of minors ages 10 to 17 reported appearing in, creating, or receiving sexually suggestive images, and even fewer said that they had taken, appeared in, or received photos featuring explicit nudity. While the findings are something of a relief to worried parents, experts say it is still important for parents to monitor their kids and talk to them about the potential repercussions of sexting, such as being criminally prosecuted for child pornography. More...
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