Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

disputable

Definition:(adjective) Open to argument or debate.
Synonyms:arguable, debatable, moot
Usage: He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable.
Article of the Day

Mongolian Wrestling

Bökh is a martial art and traditional style of Mongolian folk wrestling with a long history. Genghis Khan considered it to be an important part of keeping his army in good physical shape and combat-ready, and the Manchu dynasty imperial court held regular wrestling events between Manchu and Mongol wrestlers. Today, wrestling plays a key role in Mongolian rituals and festivals and is one of the Mongolian culture's historic "Three Manly Skills," which also include what other activities? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Qing Ming Festival

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld. More...
In the News

Midwife Shortage Means Moms, Babies Dying

A chronic shortage of midwives in the developing world means that more than a million mothers and newborns die each year from easily prevented birth complications. In the world's least developed countries over half of mothers give birth without any trained help present, and some two million women each year are actually alone when they give birth. A new report finds that midwives trained in just eight procedures, including keeping newborns warm and fed, could dramatically cut newborn deaths in countries with the worst neonatal mortality rates. More...
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