Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

apologue

Definition:(noun) A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters.
Synonyms:allegory, parable, fable
Usage: The minister liked to incorporate apologues into his sermons, thinking the moral tales about sly foxes and witty rabbits would appeal to the children in the congregation.
Article of the Day

Pandora

According to Greek mythology, Zeus ordered that the first woman, Pandora, be created as a punishment to humankind for Prometheus's theft of fire. The gods endowed her with every charm, but also with curiosity and deceit. Zeus sent her to marry Prometheus's brother, Epimetheus, and gave her a box that he forbade her to open. Despite Prometheus's warnings, Epimetheus allowed Pandora to open the box, letting out all the evils that have since afflicted man. What alone remained inside the box? More...
This Day in History

Charles the Good Is Assassinated (1127)

As count of Flanders from 1119 until his death, Charles the Good strove to help the poor, distributing bread in times of famine and working to ensure that grain was sold to them at a fair price. Angered by this policy, one influential family had Charles hacked to death while in church. The popular count's brutal murder provoked public outrage, and though he was not formally beatified until the 19th century, he was almost immediately regarded popularly as a martyr. What became of his murderers? More...
Today's Birthday

Sholem Aleichem (1859)

One of the great Yiddish writers, Aleichem is best known for his humorous tales of life among the poverty-ridden and oppressed Russian Jews of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works include five novels, many plays, and some 300 short stories. In the last years of his life, Aleichem lived in the US and died in New York City, where, through his work, he helped to found the Yiddish Art Theater. Many of his works have been adapted for the stage, most notably what musical? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. More...
Today's Holiday

Texas Independence Day (2016)

A legal holiday in Texas, March 2 commemorates both the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos held on this day in 1836, when delegates prepared for the separation of Texas from Mexico, and the birthday of Sam Houston (1793-1863), who led the Texans to victory over the Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas is the only state to celebrate independence from a country other than England. This period in Texas history, beginning with the Washington-on-the-Brazos convention and ending with Sam Houston's victory at San Jacinto, is celebrated each year during "Texas Week." More...
In the News

How a MIT Team Made Solar Cells as Thin as Soap Bubbles

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the thinnest and lightest solar cells ever made, which could eventually be used to power the next generation of personal electronics. The process of creating the small flexible cells ... More...
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