Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

erudition

Definition:(noun) Profound scholarly knowledge.
Synonyms:encyclopedism, learning, scholarship
Usage: They, like himself, had been bred in the studious cloisters of a university, and were supposed to possess all the erudition which mankind has hoarded up from age to age.
Article of the Day

Baby Hatches

In medieval Europe, mothers unable to care for their babies could leave them in a foundling wheel, typically a revolving cylinder lodged in a church or orphanage wall. Today, many countries continue to offer mothers the ability to safely and anonymously abandon their babies in much the same way. Modern baby hatches consist of a door in a hospital's outer wall that opens onto an infant bed. When a baby is deposited, an alarm sounds, alerting caretakers. Why are some opposed to the hatch system? More...
This Day in History

The Darién Scheme: Ships Leave Scotland for Isthmus of Panama (1698)

In 1695, the Scottish Parliament passed an act chartering a trading company to open trade with Africa and the Indies in the hope that this would make Scotland a world trading nation. Backed by about a quarter of the country's liquid assets, the Darién Company tried to establish a colony on the Isthmus of Panama to compete with the Dutch and Spanish, but both of its expeditions failed, nearly bankrupting Scotland in the process. The failures led to what acts of Parliament? More...
Today's Birthday

Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Bergman was a Swedish film and stage writer, director, and producer. He achieved an impressive degree of freedom early in his career and used it to create and develop a highly individual approach. Working with many of the same actors and technicians from film to film—including actor Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist—Bergman filled his work with an unusual degree of unity and continuity. He won international acclaim for The Seventh Seal and what other films? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

go under the hammer

To be put up for or sold at auction. More...
Today's Holiday

Bastille Day (2016)

The Bastille was a 14th-century fortress that became a notorious state prison in Paris. An angry mob assaulted the Bastille—which had come to symbolize the French monarchy's oppression of the people—on July 14, 1789, freeing the political prisoners held there and launching the French Revolution. July 14 has been celebrated since that time in France as Fête Nationale, as well as in French territories in the Pacific, with parades, fireworks, and dancing in the streets. In Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia, it is called Tiurai or Heiva, and is celebrated for most of the month. More...
In the News

Irish Parliament Votes to Allow Abortion When Mother's Life at Risk

The tragic death of a 31-year-old woman who was denied an abortion while suffering a miscarriage last year revived the abortion debate in Ireland, and yesterday, lawmakers there voted for the first time to legalize the termination of pregnancies in cases where the mother's life is in danger. The bill goes so far as to include the risk of suicide as grounds for an abortion. Members of the lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the measure, but it must still receive the approval of the upper house before it becomes law. More...
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