Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

coddle

Definition:(verb) Treat with excessive indulgence.
Synonyms:baby, cocker, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil, indulge
Usage: I have warned her not to spoil the children, but she chooses to coddle them anyway.
Article of the Day

St. Isidore

In the 4th and 5th centuries, Gothic invaders terrorized the Roman Empire, sacking Rome and establishing a Gothic kingdom in Spain. St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, set out to convert the various peoples of the Gothic Empire to Christianity, eventually eradicating the Visigoths’ religion of Arianism. Later hailed by the Church as "the most learned man of the latter ages," Isidore was the first Christian writer to compose a compendium of universal religious knowledge. What was it called? More...
This Day in History

The Los Alfaques Disaster (1978)

The Los Alfaques disaster was an explosion that took place near a campsite in Tarragona, Spain, when a leaking tanker truck loaded with 23 tons of highly flammable liquid propylene ignited. This resulted in a massive explosion and fireball that reached over 1000° F (538° C) and destroyed everything within a 1000-ft (300-m) radius. It killed 217 people, including the truck's driver, and severely burned more than 200. What regulations were later instituted to prevent future disasters of this sort? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561)

Góngora was a poet of the Spanish Golden Age who successfully wove Renaissance and popular poetry into an original and elegant form. Very influential in his era, he developed the difficult, complex poetic style that became known as Gongorism. It provoked enmity from many of his contemporaries and was so exaggerated by less gifted imitators that his reputation suffered until the 20th century. He has since been called Spain's greatest poet. What is his most famous work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilization have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to ... lead us into guilt and wickedness.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the Flemish Community

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. The Flemish Community celebrates its heritage on the anniversary of The Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. On the feast day, all Flemish governmental offices close for the holiday. Various cities, municipalities, and private groups hold cultural events; local Flemings and those resettled throughout the world pause to give a toast to Flanders; and many gather to hear the minister-president of the Flemish Community deliver a speech marking the anniversary. More...
In the News

Choristers Have a Change of Heart

When choir singers perform together, their heart rates tend to synchronize. The more structured the piece, the greater the synchrony. Researchers attribute this to the controlled breathing techniques that singers use, which effectively coordinate their breathing. This is also likely why choral singing has the overall effect of slowing the heart rate. Thus, like yoga breathing and guided breathing, which have been shown to lower blood pressure, choir singing could improve cardiovascular health. More...
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