Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

bootless

Definition:(adjective) Unproductive of success.
Synonyms:fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain
Usage: He would like to have done with life and its vanity altogether—so bootless and unsatisfactory the struggle, so cheerless and dreary the prospect seemed to him.
Article of the Day

Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, learning, and the arts. As the goddess of knowledge both earthly and divine, she is considered to be the "Mother of the Vedas," the oldest scriptures in Hinduism. She is also the consort of Brahma, creator of the universe. She is usually depicted wearing all white and is either seated on a lotus or riding a swan. Unlike some goddesses—such as Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth—Saraswati is depicted with modest clothes and little jewelry. Why? 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
To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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

Friends and Family Often Enable Prescription Drug Abuse

As the prescription drug abuse problem becomes more pervasive, health agencies are working hard to raise awareness of the dangers lurking in people's medicine cabinets and of the importance of properly disposing of medications so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. It appears they have their work cut out for them. Data show that more than 70 percent of prescription drug abusers in the US obtain the drugs from friends or relatives. Surprisingly, only 5 percent of abusers actually steal the drugs from these sources. About 11 percent purchase the pills from family and friends, but most get the drugs for free from these same sources. More...
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