Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

disqualify

Definition:(verb) Make unfit or unsuitable.
Synonyms:indispose
Usage: Timmy's dream of joining the Air Force was shattered when he learned that his color blindness would disqualify him.
Article of the Day

Secularism

The term "secularism" was first used by British writer George Holyoake in the mid-19th century to denote the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs. Though he was agnostic, Holyoake wrote that he did not seek to discredit religion or deny the existence of a higher power; rather, he aimed to promote the notion that secular knowledge offers its own form of guidance rooted in testable life experience. What did he offer as secularism's three essential principles? 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
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

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

Restaurants Ruinous for Waistlines

Fast food has gotten a bad rap, but regular restaurant fare fares no better when it comes to nutritional value. In fact, researchers found that meals from small US restaurants are 18 percent more caloric than comparable dishes from chain restaurants, and Canadian eateries follow a similar trend. It is typical for patrons of such establishments to unwittingly consume nearly a full day's worth of calories and fat as well as one and a half times the recommended daily salt intake in a single meal. More...
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