Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

inactivate

Definition:(verb) Release from military service or remove from the active list of military service.
Synonyms:demobilize
Usage: My leg injury was so severe that my superior officer was forced to inactivate me.
Article of the Day

Methuselah

In the Bible, the patriarch Methuselah is the grandfather of Noah and is said to have lived to the age of 969. As such, his name has become synonymous with longevity. Since the very oldest modern-day humans reach an age only approximately one eighth of Methuselah's, numerous theories have arisen to explain why he is said to have lived so long. One postulates that an ancient mistranslation resulted in the accidental inflation of his age when what two words were mixed up? More...
This Day in History

Hymen Lipman Patents Pencil with Attached Eraser (1858)

In prehistoric times, lumps of colored earth or chalk were used as markers. The so-called lead pencil—a rod of graphite encased in wood—first came into use in the 16th century. However, it was not until the 19th century that the eraser was added—an innovation that earned Hymen Lipman a patent in 1858. In 1862, he sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000. What happened to Reckendorfe's patent 13 years later? More...
Today's Birthday

Francisco Goya (1746)

Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work profoundly influenced 19th-century European art. He started out designing tapestries for the royal manufactory of Santa Bárbara and was appointed painter to Charles III in 1786. By 1799—under the patronage of Charles IV—he had become Spain's most successful and fashionable artist. Goya's works address all aspects of Spanish life, including the political and social turmoil of his day. Why did his art come under the scrutiny of the Inquisition? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

now (that) you mention it

An expression used when one remembers or realizes something because of what the other person has just said. More...
Today's Holiday

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (2016)

This national holiday, instituted in 1996, honors an African-American religious sect once outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago. The Spiritual Baptists originally came to the islands as former American slaves. Their style of worship combines African and Baptist beliefs and practices, and services include bell ringing and shouting. In 1917, the government forbade the group from practicing their religion; this law was overturned in 1951. The national holiday honors the Spiritual Baptists' long struggle against religious persecution. It is observed with speeches and religious services. More...
In the News

Living Alone Linked to Depression

A Finnish study of working-age adults finds that those who live alone have as much as an 80 percent greater risk of depression than those who live with others. One possible explanation for this is that living with other people promotes feelings of social integration and provides emotional support, whereas living alone leads to feelings of isolation and a lack of social integration. However, equally plausible is the notion that people who are prone to depression may struggle socially, making them more likely to live alone. More...
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