Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

domesticate

Definition:(verb) Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment.
Synonyms:tame, cultivate, naturalize
Usage: New World peoples domesticated a cornucopia of plants.
Article of the Day

Deirdre

Often used to symbolize Ireland, Deirdre is a beautiful heroine of Irish legend. At her birth, a druid prophesied that kings and lords would go to war over her beauty. Rather than kill her outright, King Conchobar, enticed by the description of her future beauty, ordered that she be raised in seclusion until she was old enough for him to marry. However, she fell in love and fled with her lover to Scotland. After a long idyllic stay there, Conchobar lured them back to Ireland. What happened next? More...
This Day in History

Union of South Africa Created (1910)

In 1910, the British colonies of Cape Colony, Transvaal, Natal, and Orange River were unified into the new Union of South Africa. Under the Union's constitution, power was centralized. Elections were held, and Louis Botha became the first prime minister. The Dutch language was given equal status with English, and each province retained its existing franchise qualifications. The Union became independent and withdrew from the Commonwealth exactly how many years after its founding? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Sidgwick (1838)

Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women and cofounded what society devoted to studying paranormal events? More...
Quotation of the Day
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

get (the hell) out of Dodge

To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the clichéd setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Visitation (2016)

On this day, Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. More...
In the News

Human Echolocation Activates Area of Visual Cortex

Certain animals, notably bats and dolphins, use echolocation, a system in which sounds are emitted and their echoes interpreted, to determine the direction and distance of objects in their environments. Some blind people have taught themselves to "see" the world around them in much the same way. Though the environmental information they receive is auditory in nature, brain scans of two people who use echolocation on a daily basis show that the calcarine cortex, a part of the brain that is usually associated with sight, becomes more active when they echolocate. More...
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