Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 31, 2014)
Word of the Day

amalgamate

Definition:(verb) To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite.
Synonyms:commix, mingle, unify, mix
Usage: The three zones mingle and amalgamate along the edges, like the colors in the solar spectrum.
Article of the Day

Totem Poles

Totem poles are towering sculptures carved from trees by a number of Native American peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They display mythological images, usually animal spirits. The poles are erected to identify the owner of a house or other property, welcome visitors, indicate a portal or passageway, mark a gravesite, and even to ridicule an important person who failed in some way. Why was this last type of pole—a "shame pole"—erected in Cordova, Alaska, in 2007? 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
You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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

Cancer in Refugee Camps

Historically, combating infectious diseases and malnutrition have been the primary concerns of health workers in refugee camps. Unfortunately, this leaves those refugees with equally deadly but non-communicative and expensive-to-treat diseases, like cancer, with few treatment options. This is a growing problem, say researchers, as refugees today remain displaced for substantially longer periods than in the past and the numbers of those displaced have swelled considerably in recent years. Between 2010 and 2012, the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee, which funds costly medical care for refugees, approved and funded just half of the applications from refugees in Jordan with cancer. More...
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