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

Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor known for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot and attained what military rank? 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

keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Armed Forces Day (United States) (2017)

Before President President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the major branches of the United States armed forces held celebrations on different days in the year. The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote their unification under the Department of Defense and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces. In addition to the parade held in New York City, the armed forces often hold "open houses" to acquaint the public with their facilities and the latest technological advances. 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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