Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

bequeath

Definition:(verb) Leave or give by will after one's death.
Synonyms:will, leave
Usage: He bequeathed all his silver to his children.
Article of the Day

Twelvers

Shi'ism is the second largest denomination of Islam after Sunnism, and within Shi'ism, Twelvers, or Ithna 'Ashariyyah, form the largest school. Twelvers derive their name from their belief in a succession of 12 divinely ordained leaders—imams—beginning with Ali ibn Abu Talib, the fourth caliph and son-in-law of Muhammad. The last of these 12 imams was Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Hujjah, who disappeared in 873 is thought by believers to be alive, hidden by God. When is he expected to reappear? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace (1969)

Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal. What hit song did they record during the second Bed-In? More...
Today's Birthday

Béla Bartók (1881)

Bartók was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and collector of folk music. In 1904, having discovered that the folk-music repertory generally accepted as Hungarian was in fact largely urban Roma—Gypsy—music, he set about researching Hungarian folk music. He worked folk themes and rhythms into his own music, achieving a style that was at once nationalistic and deeply personal. What surprising discoveries did he make in his study of folk music? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

castles in the sky

Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Greece Independence Day (2016)

This national holiday in Greece celebrates the anniversary of the country's proclamation of independence in 1821 after four centuries of Turkish occupation. The war that followed went on until 1829, when finally the Turkish sultan recognized the independence of Greece. The day is marked with church services and military parades—an especially impressive parade is held in Athens. Greek communities in other parts of the world also observe the day. In New York City, Greece Independence Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to March 25 with a parade up Fifth Avenue. More...
In the News

Cellphone Calls Distracting to Older Pedestrians

Some lawmakers, concerned about the safety of distracted pedestrians, have proposed legislation prohibiting the use of mobile devices while crossing streets. Their concerns are not unfounded, as evidenced by a new study suggesting that talking on a cell phone while crossing the street can be hazardous for older adults. When talking on a hands-free cell phone, people between the ages of 59 and 81 were less likely to successfully cross a virtual street within 30 seconds than younger participants. They also lingered on the "sidewalk" longer. Multitasking may slow down mental and visual processes involved in judging the distance and speed of oncoming vehicles. More...
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