Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

washed-out

Definition:(adjective) Having lost freshness or brilliance of color.
Synonyms:bleached, faded
Usage: Michael is finally buying new jeans to replace that torn, washed-out pair he has been wearing for years.
Article of the Day

St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo’s fire is a weather phenomenon that causes luminous plasma to appear at the ends of tall, pointed objects such as spires, airplane wings, and ships' masts when the atmosphere is electrically charged. It is sometimes accompanied by a hissing sound. Named for St. Erasmus, the patron saint of sailors, the glowing display has been known to mariners since ancient times and has been interpreted as an omen, usually for good. What were some notable historical appearances of the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

Chicago Is Incorporated as a City (1837)

In 1803, the US Army built Fort Dearborn on a tract of land along the Chicago River that had been acquired from the Native Americans after the Northwest Indian War. Over time, the settlement that grew up around the fort was incorporated as a city. A major port and the commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural center of the Midwest, Chicago is now the third-largest city in the US. Its name is derived from the Native American word shikaakwa, meaning "onion field," a reference to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678)

Vivaldi was an Italian composer, considered the greatest master of Italian baroque. He became a priest in 1703 and spent most of his life after 1709 in Venice, teaching and playing the violin and writing music for the Pietà, a music conservatory for orphaned girls. Although he produced vocal music, including 46 operas, Vivaldi is best known for instrumental music, including The Four Seasons and nearly 500 concertos for violin and other instruments. Why was he nicknamed the "Red Priest"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a bit of a stretch

A mild exaggeration beyond the truth or what is likely the case. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day of Prayer

The idea of designating a day for Christians to pray together was suggested in 1887 by the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Today, the observance has spread to other denominations, all of which hold the same service on the first Friday in March. The Church Women United movement organizes the observance and selects a theme upon which women around the world focus as they join together in prayer. The praying starts as soon as the sun crosses the International Date Line and travels westward around the globe. More...
In the News

Genetic Consequences of Sacrificing Sleep

Imagine a future in which sleep has been made obsolete. It may be improbable, but it is not necessarily impossible. A lack of adequate sleep can cause a host of health issues, as illustrated by a recent study showing that just a week of shortened sleep alters the expression of more than 700 genes, including those involved in stress and immune responses. Still, if researchers are able to uncover all of the physiological changes that occur as a result of sleep deprivation, they could, theoretically, develop a drug to counter these effects and thereby eliminate the need for sleep. More...
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