Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

high-toned

Definition:(adjective) Pretentiously elegant.
Synonyms:high-class
Usage: She felt awkward and out of place in the high-toned restaurant, with its elegant décor and elite clientele.
Article of the Day

Faith Healing

Faith healing refers to the belief that an illness or disability can be cured by divine power, without the use of traditional medicine. In ancient Greece, temples honoring the god of medicine, Asclepius, were built near springs with healing waters. In Christianity, support for faith healing is based on the cures wrought by Jesus, and certain places, such as Lourdes, France, are believed to effect cures among some believers. How has the issue of faith healing affected US legislation? More...
This Day in History

Heaven's Gate Cult Members Found Dead (1997)

Established in 1972, Heaven's Gate was a cult that advocated self-renunciation, to the point of castration, as preparation for the "transition" to a new life on a spaceship, which adherents believed was trailing behind the comet Hale-Bopp. As the comet made its closest approach to Earth, 39 members of the group committed suicide. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their bunk beds, dressed identically and wearing armbands that read "Heaven's Gate Away Team." Who was their leader? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Frost (1874)

Perhaps the most popular and beloved of 20th-century American poets, Frost wrote of the character, people, and landscape of New England. Rooted in the New England landscape, yet deeply symbolic, his work is concerned with human tragedies and fears, the complexities of life, and the ultimate acceptance of one's burdens. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times—in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. He recited a poem at the inauguration of which US president? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

code of silence

The practice of not disclosing important or vital information by members of a group, as due to the threat of violence, reprisal, being branded as a traitor, or an inherent sense of honor. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Independence Day (2016)

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of independence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan and was governed together with West Pakistan as one country. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan led to war. When India entered the war in support of East Pakistan, independence was assured. Bangladeshis observe this national holiday in the capital city of Dhaka with memorial ceremonies, a boat race on the Buriganga river, and other festivities. More...
In the News

Stone Tools Suggest Earlier Humans Settled America

An archaeological site near Austin, Texas, has yielded stone artifacts that indicate that humans may have arrived in North America as much as 2,500 years earlier than previously thought. Thousands of artifacts dating to between 13,200 and 15,500 years ago were uncovered five feet below materials left by the well-known Clovis culture, whose people were once regarded as the firs t human inhabitants of the Americas. Included among the 15,528 artifacts recovered were 56 tools such as blades, scrapers, and choppers. More...
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