Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

baseless

Definition:(adjective) Having no basis or foundation in fact.
Synonyms:groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, idle, wild
Usage: The governor has released a statement calling the reports of corruption completely baseless and without merit.
Article of the Day

Hildegard von Bingen

A 12th-century German abbess and visionary mystic, von Bingen reportedly began experiencing visions in childhood and eventually recorded three collections of revelations. After founding a convent, she became known as the "Sibyl of the Rhine," and her advice was sought by Europe’s most powerful. Her other works include a morality play, a book of saints' lives, scientific treatises, and lyrical poems set to melodies she composed. Long regarded a saint, she has never been canonized for what reason? More...
This Day in History

The First Kentucky Derby (1875)

The Kentucky Derby is a classic US thoroughbred horse race. Established in 1875, it is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m). With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up US racing's coveted Triple Crown. In front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, the inaugural derby was won by jockey Oliver Lewis riding a colt named what? More...
Today's Birthday

Bartholomew Roberts (1682)

Now infamous as "Black Bart," Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the coasts of the Americas and West Africa in the 18th century, during the period known as the "Golden Age of Piracy." Considered the most successful pirate of the era, he is estimated to have captured more than 400 vessels in a matter of a few years—far more than some of the best-known pirates of his day, such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd. Roberts is one of the pirate captains mentioned in what famous pirate story? More...
Quotation of the Day
How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

feed (someone) to the wolves

To sacrifice someone to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for one's own benefit or survival. More...
Today's Holiday

Norway Constitution Day (Syttende Mai)

May 17, 1814, marks both Norway's declaration of independence from Sweden and the day on which its constitution was signed. This day remains the great spring festival in Norway, and today it is celebrated primarily by young people. The children's procession in Oslo, the capital city, is the largest of many school parades throughout the country. Marching behind their school bands and banners, the children pass under the balcony of the Royal Palace in salute to the king. Everyone joins in the procession, waving Norwegian flags. More...
In the News

Speech Patterns Affect Power of Persuasion

People's speech patterns—the speed at which they speak, how frequently they pause, and how much they vary their pitch—influence how others perceive them and respond to requests. People were most willing to participate in a phone survey when their interviewer spoke moderately quickly—at a pace of about 3.5 words per second—was not too animated, and paused four or five times a minute. Speaking too quickly is often seen as a sign of deceitfulness, while speakers who fail to pause are perceived as too scripted and those who are highly animated are perceived as artificial. More...
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