Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

grovel

Definition:(verb) To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
Synonyms:cower, cringe, fawn
Usage: The prisoners groveled before the emperor, hoping that he would commute their sentences.
Article of the Day

Foot Binding

Foot binding originated during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in the wealthiest parts of China. By the end of the practice's thousand-year history, it had spread to all classes and was viewed as a status symbol. Young girls' feet were wrapped in tight bandages that restricted growth, causing breakage and deformity. Most often, the men that foot binding was intended to impress would never see the woman's bare feet, as they were concealed within tiny "lotus shoes." When and why did the practice end? More...
This Day in History

Tensions between US and USSR First Described as "Cold War" (1947)

Lasting from the end of WWII until 1991, the Cold War was a period of political hostility and military tension between the Western powers, primarily the US and its allies, and the Communist bloc. Although there were a number of military conflicts during this time, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War was waged mainly on political, economic, and propaganda fronts. Who first used the term "Cold War" to describe the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646)

Mansart was a French architect and town planner who completed the Palace of Versailles. Favored by Louis XIV, he was made the chief architect for royal buildings. After enlarging the château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, he began work at Versailles. Much of his work was executed in Roman baroque style, but some of his designs at Versailles point toward the lightness and elegance of the rococo. The impressive Dôme des Invalides in Paris is considered his greatest achievement. Who was his great-uncle? More...
Quotation of the Day
Always desire to learn something useful.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

dead asleep

In a deep, immovable sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Thingyan

The three-day feast of the New Year in Burma (now Myanmar) is also known as the Water Festival because of the custom of throwing or squirting water on others. The festival has been a tradition for centuries. During the celebration, pots of clear water are offered to monks at monasteries to wash or sprinkle images of the Buddha. Everyone else gets drenched, as young men and women roam the streets dousing everybody with buckets of water or turning hoses on them. The water-splashing custom originated with the idea that, through this ritual, the bad luck and sins of the old year were washed away. More...
In the News

New Breath Test Detects Stomach Cancer

Scientists have discovered a new type of technology that senses compounds in exhaled breath that can be used as a screening tool to detect stomach cancer. The study, published Monday in the BMJ journal Gut, suggests that the technology, called ... More...
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