Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

foretoken

Definition:(noun) An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
Synonyms:augury, preindication, sign
Usage: He refused to think that the rain was a foretoken of gloom for his date that night.
Article of the Day

The Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex is one of the oldest manuscripts of the Masoretic Hebrew Bible. The scribe Shlomo ben Buya'a copied the text of the Codex circa 920 CE. It was delivered to the Karaite community of Jerusalem in the 11th century but was looted and taken to Cairo, Egypt. There, it was consulted by Maimonides, the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages. Later, it was taken to Aleppo, Syria, where the community guarded it zealously for 600 years. What happened to the Codex in 1947? More...
This Day in History

USS Maine Sinks, Prompting the US to Declare War on Spain (1898)

In January 1898, the USS Maine was sent to protect American interests in Cuba, where an anti-Spanish insurrection was taking place. It sank weeks later, after an onboard explosion. Fueled by the conspiracy theories of American yellow journalism, outrage over the deaths of 260 of the ship's crew members helped push the nation toward the Spanish-American War. Several investigations into the sinking have since taken place, including one that was conducted in 1998. What were its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeremy Bentham (1748)

Bentham was a British moral philosopher and legal theorist. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his writings, he became the earliest expounder of utilitarianism—the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the greatest happiness for all those affected by it. His work inspired much reform legislation, especially regarding prisons. What was done with Bentham's body after his death, in accordance with his will? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

a cut above the rest

Better in quality than most others. More...
Today's Holiday

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) devoted her life to the temperance, anti-slavery, and women's suffrage movements. After the Civil War, she focused all of her energies on getting women the right to vote, which was achieved in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Tributes to Anthony take place on her birthday, February 15, in various parts of the country, and ceremonies honoring Anthony are often held at her grave in Rochester, New York. More...
In the News

Indian Prime Minister Opposes Temple in His Honor

Thanks to the donations of hundreds of people in Rajkot, India, a temple has been built in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—and he is reportedly "appalled" by the gesture. The temple features a seated statue of Modi and a wind gauge shaped like a lotus, the symbol of his political party. This week, however, Modi spoke out against the shrine, insisting that such worship goes against Indian tradition. Some of his followers remain undeterred and continue to worship him, while others plan to replace the Modi statue with that of a Hindu god. More...
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