Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

lenity

Definition:(noun) Mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant.
Synonyms:lenience, mildness
Usage: I promise to show all the lenity in my power; but if the charges brought against this Bonapartist hero prove correct, why, then, you really must give me leave to order his head to be cut off.
Article of the Day

Nicolas Flamel

Reportedly born around 1330, Flamel was a French scrivener and manuscript-seller whose supposed success with alchemy immortalized his name. His story has captured the imaginations of many, and he is mentioned in a number of literary works. In fact, his life is now so intertwined with legend that some historians doubt he ever existed. He is said to have created the philosopher's stone—a mythical substance that can convert base metal to gold and confer immortality—by translating what ancient text? More...
This Day in History

Rio de Janeiro Is Founded (1565)

With a population of about 6 million, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city and former capital of Brazil, as well as the country's cultural center and a commercial, communications, and transportation hub. It has one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors, surrounded by low mountain ranges whose spurs extend almost to the waterside, dividing the city. Among its natural landmarks are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado peak. Rio was popularized by the hit song about the girl from where? More...
Today's Birthday

Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin's innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

awesome sauce

internet slang Either used as an adjective to describe something as being excellent, great, or exceptionally interesting, or used as an exclamation in affirmation of the same. More...
Today's Holiday

Chalanda Marz

In Engadine, located in the Inn River valley of eastern Switzerland, the arrival of spring is celebrated with the ringing of bells. Young people put on herdsmen's costumes with wide leather belts from which they hang as many cowbells as they can collect. Smaller bells hang from their necks or are strapped across their chests. They go from house to house, clanging their bells to scare off winter and serenading people with traditional spring songs; often, they are rewarded with cakes, apples, or eggs. An evening feast is made out of the food. Afterward, there are games and dancing. More...
In the News

Report on Fevers in Children

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that parents should not rush to medicate children based solely on an elevated temperature reading. Rather, they should recognize that fever is a sign that a child is ill and take note of other possible symptoms, such as lethargy, pain, or dehydration, which might indicate that a call to a doctor is warranted. If a child is given fever-reducing medication, proper dosing is of the utmost importance. The report also emphasizes the role of fever in helping the body fight disease by slowing the reproduction of bacteria and stimulating immune response. More...
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