Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

graver

Definition:(noun) A tool used by an engraver.
Synonyms:pointel
Usage: The jewelry designer's studio was attached to her shop, so customers could watch her hammer metals and draw elegant designs with her graver.
Article of the Day

Kinship Terminology

Kinship terms like mother and son are words used by a specific culture to describe various familial relationships. Such terminologies include words used to address members of one's own family as well as words used to identify people's relationships to one another. Kinship terms generally distinguish between the sexes and generations and indicate whether people are related by blood or marriage. What is the difference between "descriptive" and "classificatory" kinship terms? More...
This Day in History

First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an "International Peace Climb," in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More...
Quotation of the Day
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

desperate times call for desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." More...
Today's Holiday

First Evening of Passover

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and for Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs, and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Why We Sleep Badly on Our First Night in a New Place

When you check into a hotel room or stay with a friend, is your first night of sleep disturbed? Do you toss and turn, mind strangely alert, unable to shut down in the usual way? If so, you're in good company. This phenomenon is called the first-night ... More...
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