Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

cantankerous

Definition:(adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms:bloody-minded
Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord.
Article of the Day

University of Oxford

Oxford is one of the oldest English-language universities in the world. A leading center of learning throughout the Middle Ages, it has maintained an outstanding reputation, especially in the classics, theology, and political science. John Locke, Adam Smith, Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen Hawking are among the luminaries who have studied at Oxford. What founder of modern chemistry never formally studied at Oxford but was active in its academic community and awarded an honorary degree? More...
This Day in History

French National Assembly Adopts Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was an act passed during the French Revolution that subordinated the Roman Catholic Church to the state. Under the act, citizens would elect clergymen and the state would pay their wages. When the National Assembly ordered the clergy to take an oath supporting the Civil Constitution, many refused. The resulting schism within the French church caused many Catholics to turn against the Revolution. What effect did the constitution have on monastic orders? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Berle (1908)

Berle was an American comedian and the first major US television star. He began acting in vaudeville at age 10 and went on to perform in more than 50 silent films, on radio, and as a nightclub comedian. His great success, however, was as the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Television." He contributed significantly to the medium's growing popularity, and many are said to have bought TV sets just to watch "Uncle Miltie." How did he get that nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

go through a phase

To experience or be in the midst of a temporary period of change, development, or fluctuation. More...
Today's Holiday

Orange Day (2016)

Sometimes referred to simply as The Twelfth, this is the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. In 1668, James II, who was Roman Catholic, was deposed and his throne was given to William of Orange, a Protestant. The Protestants won a decisive victory and formed the Orange Order, committed to maintaining the link with Protestant England. As Irishmen left Ireland and England for the New World, lodges of Orangemen were formed in Canada and the United States, where Orange Day is still observed by Protestant Irish. More...
In the News

Headbanging Brain Bleed Danger

Headbanging—the violent shaking of one's head in time with rock music, especially heavy metal—looks violent, but it is generally viewed as fairly harmless. Rarely, however, serious brain injuries can result from the practice, as evidenced by a recent case in which a 50-year-old Motörhead concertgoer developed bleeding on the brain that required surgery to treat. The injury was discovered four weeks after the concert, when the man, complaining of constant headaches, visited a doctor. Violent headbanging has also been linked to strokes and whiplash injuries. More...
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