Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

coagulum

Definition:(noun) A lump of material formed from the content of a liquid.
Synonyms:clot
Usage: His nose began to bleed again when a hearty sneeze dislodged the coagulum that had formed inside his nostril.
Article of the Day

The Geghard Monastery

The Geghard monastery is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Armenia. The unique architectural structure is surrounded by towering cliffs, and part of the monastery, known as “the Monastery of the Cave,” was actually carved out of the mountainside. Gregory the Illuminator founded the complex in the 4th century at the site of a sacred spring, and in the centuries that followed, the monastery was destroyed and rebuilt. What religious relics were housed at Geghard? More...
This Day in History

Archbishop Óscar Romero Assassinated in San Salvador (1980)

As the archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's civil war, Romero won international acclaim by speaking out against social injustices, such as human rights abuses and assassinations perpetrated by the Salvadoran government. Just one day after Romero publicly exhorted Salvadoran soldiers to obey God instead of their corrupt government, he was shot to death while celebrating Mass. What unprecedented confession did the president of El Salvador make on the 30th anniversary of Romero's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Olive Schreiner (1855)

Schreiner was a South African author and feminist. Though she had no formal education, she read widely and developed a keen intellect and militantly feminist and liberal views. In 1883, she published her famed semiautobiographical novel, The Story of an African Farm, about a girl who lives on an isolated farm and struggles to attain independence in the face of rigid Boer social conventions. Under what pseudonym did Schreiner publish this text, arguably the first great South African novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

make the world go round

To be of critical or integral importance to the ordinary operation of life or the world at large. (Sometimes used hyperbolically.) More...
Today's Holiday

Ganguar (2018)

Gangaur is one of the highlights of the festival year in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is observed in celebration of Gauri, another name for Parvati, Shiva's wife. This is largely a girls' and women's festival, but boys and men get to enjoy the elaborate processions that take place in cities around the state, such as Jaipur. The festival continues for 18 days, during which women fast, dress in their best clothes, adorn themselves with intricate henna designs, and pray. The festival culminates with feasting and processions of the goddess' image that celebrate the union of Gauri and Shiva. More...
In the News

FDA Moves to Ban Most Powdered Surgical Gloves

Federal health officials are moving to ban most surgical gloves made with powder, a feature designed to make them easier to wear, but which actually poses health risks to patients. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that the powder added to ... More...
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