Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

stepwise

Definition:(adjective) Marked by a gradual progression as if step by step.
Synonyms:bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step
Usage: Quantum mechanics is a natural system of stepwise interactions that governs very small things.
Article of the Day

Jacob's Ladder

In the Book of Genesis, Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the younger twin brother of Esau, convinces Esau to trade him his birthright for a bowl of soup. With his mother's help, Jacob then receives the blessing that the dying Isaac had intended for his older son. Esau becomes so enraged that Jacob flees to his uncle. On his way, Jacob has a vision of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. In what ways have philosophers and theologians interpreted the meaning of the ladder? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along an agreed-upon meridian approximately halfway between the Cape Verde Islands belonging to Portugal and Cuba and Hispaniola, claimed for Spain by Columbus. The Europeans had actually seen very little of the lands within the territory they were dividing, and the result was that Spain gained most of the Americas while Portugal gained Brazil. What nation invoked the treaty in the 20th century? More...
Today's Birthday

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778)

Brummell was an English dandy and wit who was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. The leader of English fashion of his time, he influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes, elaborate neckwear, and trousers rather than breeches. After a quarrel with his friend Prince George of Wales, later King George IV, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where he lived for 14 years in poverty and squalor. What killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Sette Giugno

Under British rule, the Maltese Islands helped the Allies during World War I. Although the war brought jobs to the country, many Maltese found it hard to make ends meet. These factors and others prompted riots in Valletta on June 7, 1919. During the riots, four Maltese were killed by British troops. This tragic event became known as the Sette Giugno Riots. Every year on June 7, Malta holds a commemorative ceremony in Valletta. The commemorative celebration includes marches and the playing of the national anthem, L-Innu Malti, as well as a moment of silence in memory of the four fallen men. More...
In the News

Boys That Bully More Likely to Beat Partners Later

US researchers say new findings show a link between schoolyard bullying and later domestic abuse, highlighting the importance of addressing bullying behavior in childhood. Thirty eight percent of the men in a recent study who admitted to abusing their partner physically or sexually within the past year also said they had frequently bullied their peers in school. The association was even stronger than for other risk factors linked with domestic violence, such as having suffered abuse as a child. More...
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