Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

previse

Definition:(verb) Realize beforehand.
Synonyms:foreknow, foresee, anticipate
Usage: Sadly, I did not previse the trouble that would arise from showing up at my ex-wife's house uninvited.
Article of the Day

Ephrem the Syrian

Sometimes known as the Harp of the Holy Spirit, Saint Ephrem the Syrian was a prolific hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century CE. According to some accounts, his father was a pagan priest. Ephrem, however, converted Syria to Christianity. He taught and composed at Nisibis and Edessa until his death in 373. His writings have been widely influential, and he is venerated by both the Eastern churches and Rome. He is also notable for conducting choirs that consisted entirely of whom? More...
This Day in History

The "Miracle on Ice" (1980)

Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players. Who scored the decisive goal in the game, allowing the US to go on to the gold-medal game against Finland? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)

An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers. Schopenhauer was heavily influenced by what Hindu texts? More...
Quotation of the Day
To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions—there we have none.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

a good voice to beg bacon

Used to mock someone's voice as being strange, unpleasant, or inadequate (e.g., for singing). Bacon, being a dietary staple in older times, was often used as a metaphor for financial stability or wealth; having the voice of one who must "beg bacon," then, means having a harsh voice, like someone who is undernourished. More...
Today's Holiday

Taeborum

Taeborum marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Korea. The day is regarded as the final opportunity to ensure good luck for the coming year; it is considered lucky on this day for people to routinely repeat their actions nine times—particularly children, who compete to see how many "lucky nines" they can achieve before the day is over. Another popular sport is the tug-of-war. In some areas, an entire town or county is divided into opposing teams. It is widely believed that the winners will bring in a plentiful crop and will be protected from disease in the coming year. More...
In the News

Thieves in Brussels Get Away with $50 Million in Diamonds

A manhunt is underway for a gang of eight armed robbers who broke into Brussels Airport on Monday, forced open the cargo hold of a Helvetic Airways plane, and made off with 120 packages of diamonds worth an estimated $50 million. Disguised as police officers, they pulled off the heist with military precision. It was over in minutes with not a single shot fired. Investigators suspect that the robbers had inside information about where and when the diamonds would be loaded, since valuable cargo is kept in armored vehicles until shortly before takeoff. More...
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