Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

statuesque

Definition:(adjective) Suggestive of a statue, as in proportion, grace, or dignity.
Synonyms:stately
Usage: She was of majestic form and stature, her attitudes were imposing and statuesque, and her gestures and movements distinguished by a noble and stately grace.
Article of the Day

The Sokal Affair

In 1996, physics professor Alan Sokal submitted a parody article to the journal Social Text to see if the editors would publish it just because it "sounded good" and "flattered" their views. Though Sokal disregarded their requested edits, they still published his article. In a different journal, he revealed that his piece was a hoax meant to expose the unreliable nature of non-peer reviewed publications and the bias of "the academic Left." What was the subject of Sokal's article? More...
This Day in History

King John of England Signs the Magna Carta (1215)

The Magna Carta—Latin for "Great Charter"—was signed by King John under pressure from his barons. Resentful of high taxes and aware of the king's waning power, the barons demanded a solemn grant of their rights. Among the charter's provisions were clauses reforming law and controlling the behavior of royal officials. Though it reflects the feudal order rather than democracy, the Magna Carta is traditionally considered the foundation of British constitutionalism. How did King John sign it? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward, the Black Prince (1330)

The eldest son of King Edward III, Edward was the prince of Wales. Joining his father as a commander in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War, he established a reputation for valor. However, his rule as the prince of Aquitaine from 1362 to 1372 was a failure, and he returned sick and broken to England and formally surrendered his principality to his father. Though the heir apparent, he never became king, dying one year before his father. Edward was the first in England to be granted what title? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are men who could neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of their duty; but this stern virtue is the growth of few soils; and in the main it will be found that a power over a man's support is a power over his will.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

after a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vitus's Day

According to legend, St. Vitus was raised as a Christian by his nurse and his foster father. All three suffered persecution and were eventually put to death for their beliefs around 303 CE, when Vitus was still a young boy. A chapel was later built in his honor at Ulm, Germany, and it was believed that anyone who danced before his shrine there on June 15, St. Vitus's Day, would be assured of good health in the coming year. St. Vitus is the patron saint of those suffering from epilepsy and other disorders of the nervous system, as well as actors and dancers. More...
In the News

Overweight Women Predisposed to Preterm Birth

There appears to be a correlation between the body mass index (BMI) of a pregnant woman at her first prenatal visit and her risk of preterm birth. A review of Swedish medical records found that the more overweight a woman was early in her pregnancy, the more likely she was to have a premature baby. Among both overweight and obese women, weight-related maternal complications increased the risk of medically indicated preterm delivery—meaning artificially induced labor or cesarean section. Additionally, obese women were at greater risk of spontaneous extremely preterm delivery, defined for the purposes of the study as between 22 and 27 weeks gestation. More...
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