Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

claptrap

Definition:(noun) Pompous or pretentious talk or writing.
Synonyms:blah, bombast, fustian, rant
Usage: He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap and rarely gets down to brass tacks.
Article of the Day

Evangelical Counsels

Unlike the Ten Commandments, which Christians see as obligatory ethical guidelines, the evangelical counsels are regarded as voluntary counsels for those who wish to go beyond the minimum stipulated in the biblical commandments. Failure to obey the counsels is therefore not regarded as sinful. Derived from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, they are often followed by members of religious orders, such as monks and friars. The three evangelical counsels are chastity, obedience, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. What are some theories about who the man might have been? More...
Today's Birthday

Dolley Madison (1768)

Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison's political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington from the advancing British soldiers. Why did she perform the duties of the first lady during Thomas Jefferson's administration? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

first impression

The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Tallahassee, Florida)

Emancipation Day in Tallahassee, Florida, is celebrated each year on May 20. That date marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union General Edward M. McCook announced that President Abraham Lincoln had ended slavery in Florida under the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation. Since 1997, the site of McCook's headquarters, now known as Knott House, has hosted an annual reenactment of the proclamation. A free public celebration follows, with additional speeches, period entertainment, and a picnic across the street in Lewis Park. More...
In the News

Sleepwalking More Common in US than Previously Thought

Though it is often a subject of ridicule in movies and on TV, sleepwalking is a serious problem. People have been known to leave their homes, drive, cook, and engage in other dangerous behaviors while asleep, and it turns out that such incidents are not as rare as previously believed. A survey of 16,000 US adults found that nearly a third had sleepwalked at least once in their lives, and a small percentage had done so on multiple occasions in the preceding year. Certain mental illnesses, sleep disorders, and medications were linked with an increased risk of sleepwalking. More...
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