Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

rebutter

Definition:(noun) A debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument.
Synonyms:confuter
Usage: Although our opponent's speech was well-received by the crowd, our rebutter was confident that she could disprove most of his claims.
Article of the Day

Anger

Derived from an Old Norse word meaning "sorrow," anger is an emotion whose merits have been debated by philosophers and scientists alike since antiquity. Galen and Seneca, for example, regarded anger as a kind of madness and saw value in controlling it. Marcus Aurelius viewed it as a sign of weakness. Aristotle, however, believed anger to be useful for preventing injustice because it arises from perceived injustice. What have recent studies shown about the association between anger and optimism? More...
This Day in History

John Birch Society Founded (1958)

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

William Whiston (1667)

Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two sorts of beauty, one of the mind, the other of the body; that of the mind displays and exhibits itself in intelligence, in modesty, in honorable conduct, in generosity, in good breeding...and when it is this sort of beauty...that is the attraction, love is apt to spring up suddenly and violently.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de l'Escalade (2016)

Escalade is a celebration in Geneva, Switzerland, of the victory of the people of Geneva over the attacking French Savoyards. To mark the victory, people carrying torches and wearing period costumes and armor proceed through the old city on both banks of the Rhone River. Shops sell chocolates that look like miniature soup pots to commemorate Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of scalding soup on the head of a Savoyard soldier. The procession winds up at St. Peter's Cathedral, where the citizens sing patriotic songs and a huge bonfire concludes the celebration. More...
In the News

Shooting at Virginia Tech Sparks Campus-Wide Lockdown

A shooting yesterday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the deadliest shooting rampages in US history, sparked a four-hour campus lockdown while police searched for the gunman. According to reports, shortly after noon on Thursday, a man walked over to a campus police officer involved in a routine traffic stop, shot and killed him, and then fled. A second gunshot victim, who also died, was later found in a campus parking lot. It is now believed that this second victim was in fact the shooter and that he took his own life. For many, yesterday's shooting was a frightening reminder of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that claimed the lives of 32 people. More...
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