Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

comforter

Definition:(noun) A person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies.
Synonyms:allayer, reliever
Usage: She indeed veiled her grief and strove to act the comforter to us all.
Article of the Day

The Problem of Evil

The "problem of evil" is the philosophical and theological dilemma of how to reconcile the existence of evil with the idea of an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient deity. Some philosophers argue that the existence of such a God and of evil are logically incompatible. Others say that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of evil, that suffering is necessary for spiritual growth, or that evil is the consequence of a fallen world. What is the "problem of good"? More...
This Day in History

Donner Party Sets Out on Ill-Fated Journey from Illinois to California (1846)

The Donner Party was a group of families from Illinois and Iowa that set out for California following a little-used, supposedly shorter, route across Utah. The shortcut only tired and delayed the party, and while recovering at what is now Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, the group was trapped by early snow. Many died, several while trying to get help; some reportedly resorted to cannibalism. Rescuers reached the survivors in February 1847. How many of the 87 pioneers survived the ordeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More...
Quotation of the Day
Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

date with destiny

A future event, circumstance, or situation that will or could prove to be of momentous significance or importance. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodian New Year (Khmer New Year)

This three-day holiday, also known as Khmer New Year, is a major celebration in Cambodia. On the first day, Moha Sangkran, families welcome the angel who looks after the world in the coming year. On the second day, Vana Bat, people give gifts of charity and perform acts of community service. On the final day, Loeung Sack, people wash their Buddha statues, an act that symbolizes hope for sufficient rainfall for the rice harvest. Throughout the celebration, children and adults gather to dance and play traditional games. The holiday often ends with a fireworks display. More...
In the News

Mexicans Work Longest Hours

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a study of 29 industrialized countries revealed that Mexicans work longer days than anyone else, laboring for 10 hours a day on average in both paid and unpaid capacities, the latter involving domestic tasks like cooking and cleaning. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the Belgians, who apparently work the least, just seven hours each day, an hour less than the average found in most of the other countries involved in the study. More...
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