Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

inanity

Definition:(noun) Total lack of meaning or ideas.
Synonyms:mindlessness, pointlessness, senselessness, vacuity
Usage: My classmates' inanity forced me to seek intelligent conversation elsewhere.
Article of the Day

The Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í faith is an emerging global religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh, a 19th-century Iranian exile. It is a doctrinal outgrowth of Babism, with Bahá'u'lláh revered as the Promised One of the earlier religion. Bahá'í faith proclaims the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. It is concerned with social ethics and has no priesthood or sacraments. Emphasis is laid upon simplicity of living and upon service to the suffering. How many Bahá'ís are there today? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces the "Mercury Seven" (1959)

Project Mercury was the first successful manned spaceflight program of the US. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the Earth. The first Americans to venture into space were drawn from a group of 110 military pilots chosen for their flight test experience and their satisfaction of certain physical requirements; seven were selected to be astronauts in April 1959 and were quickly dubbed the "Mercury Seven." How many of them went on to fly Mercury missions? More...
Today's Birthday

Jørn Utzon (1918)

Utzon was a Danish architect who, in 1957, won a competition to design Australia's Sydney Opera House, which was completed in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. Utzon is only the second architect in history to see his work assigned this status during his lifetime. In 1966, after designing the opera house's distinctive roof—a series of glittering white shell-shaped vaults—and spending nearly a decade on the project, Utzon was forced to resign mid-project. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

curb appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street (i.e., the curb). More...
Today's Holiday

Bataan Day (2016)

This is a national legal holiday in the Philippines, in commemoration of the disastrous World War II Battle of Bataan in 1942, in which the Philippines fell to the Japanese. It is also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, or Heroes Day. Also remembered on this date are the 37,000 US and Filipino soldiers who were captured, and the thousands who died during the infamous 70-mile "death march" from Mariveles to a Japanese concentration camp inland at San Fernando. Ceremonies are held at Mt. Samat Shrine, the site of side-by-side fighting by Filipino and American troops. More...
In the News

Optimism May Be Good for Your Waistline

Women who see the glass as half full may find it easier to stick to healthy eating habits than glass-half-empty types. In a recent study, women who measured highest on a scale of optimism made the greatest strides in improving their diets. Those who were lowest on the scale also tended to have less healthy diets to begin with than those with more positive outlooks. Researchers believe it is not so much the women's outlook at play as it is the skills that tend to go hand-in-hand with optimism, like self-regulation and positive coping skills. More...
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