Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

blister

Definition:(verb) Subject to harsh criticism.
Synonyms:scald, whip
Usage: The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday.
Article of the Day

I Ching

One of the Five Classics of Confucianism, the I Ching is an ancient Chinese text whose title means "Book of Changes." The main body of the work addresses the divinatory system used in the Zhou dynasty. A supplementary section of "commentaries," believed to date from the Warring States period, is a philosophical exposition that attempts to explain the world and its ethical principles by describing all nature and human endeavor in terms of the interaction of what two principles? More...
This Day in History

Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem (1192)

Conrad of Montferrat was a northern Italian nobleman and one of the major participants in the Third Crusade. In 1189, he joined Guy of Lusignan at the siege of Akko, but a year later he sought to displace Guy as king of Jerusalem. To establish a claim to the crown, he married Isabella, daughter of Amalric I. In 1192, Conrad was acknowledged as king, but a few days later he was assassinated, and the royal title passed to the two later husbands of his widow. Who killed him? More...
Today's Birthday

James Monroe (1758)

Monroe was the fifth president of the US. After serving in the American Revolution, he was elected to the Senate, where he opposed the administration of George Washington. He nevertheless became Washington's minister to France and later helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. With Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, he developed the principles of US foreign policy later called the Monroe Doctrine. Monroe served two terms as president, presiding in a period that became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

Doctors make the worst patients.

It is difficult to give people help or advice on something in which they are professionals, because they often feel as though they already know better than anyone else how to handle the situation or perform a given task. More...
Today's Holiday

Freedom of Entry Ceremony

Inaugurated in 2007, this ceremony honors the Royal Malaysian Navy with a series of traditional rituals that date back to medieval times. It takes place in the Malaysian seaport town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Along with the public symbolic gestures that confer the navy's right to protect the city, the ceremony also features several entertaining exhibitions and shows intended to attract tourists, including a boat demonstration, helicopter aerial displays, tours of navy ships, and performances by the navy band and silent drill teams. More...
In the News

Bullying Linked to Violence at Home

The recent suicides of several young bullying victims have brought the issue of bullying to the attention of US legislators and researchers alike. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed some previously known associations with bullying, such as an increased likelihood of suicide, substance abuse, and poor grades, but it also found a link between bullying and family violence. Middle and high school students who identified as "bully-victims," those who have both bullied others and been victimized by bullies, were most likely to have experienced violence in the home. More...
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