Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

interrogatory

Definition:(noun) Formal systematic questioning.
Synonyms:examination
Usage: The defendant refused to confess his guilt, despite the prosecutor's aggressive interrogatory.
Article of the Day

The Cigar-Box Guitar

The cigar-box guitar is a primitive, usually homemade, string instrument that uses a cigar box as a resonator. It originated in the southern US at around the time that the modern cigar box was introduced—about 1840. Other salvaged materials, such as screen wire (for strings) and broomsticks (for necks), are also often used in the making of these instruments. Recently, there has been revival of cigar-box instruments. What world-famous musicians have jumped on the cigar-box guitar bandwagon? More...
This Day in History

Fire Ravages Rome's Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823)

In 1823, a worker repairing the roof of Rome's Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls accidentally started a fire that resulted in its almost total destruction. The church, built under Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, had retained its original character for nearly 1,500 years. Reconstruction work began almost immediately with the aim of recreating the original structure. The viceroy of Egypt contributed alabaster pillars to the rebuilding effort, while the Russian emperor sent what? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques Derrida (1930)

Derrida was an Algerian-born French philosopher whose critique of Western philosophy encompasses literature, linguistics, and psychoanalysis. In his famously dense and complex writings, he attempted to take apart, or "deconstruct," the edifice of Western metaphysics and reveal what he deemed its incompatible foundations. His thought is based on his disapproval of the search for an ultimate metaphysical certainty. Why was Derrida so controversial among many of his fellow philosophers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Can there be hope where fear is?

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

golden duck

In cricket, a batter's score of zero after being dismissed on the very first ball he or she faces. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Castor and Pollux (2016)

In Greco-Roman mythology, Castor and Pollux were twin gods who helped shipwrecked sailors and received sacrifices for favorable winds. Worshipped as the Dioscuri (from the Greek Dioskouroi, or "sons of Zeus"), their cult was a popular one in 484 BCE, when, according to legend, the twins fought on the side of the Romans in the Battle of Lake Regillus and brought word of their victory to Rome. A temple was built for them in the Forum, and it was here that the annual festival in their honor was celebrated on July 15. More...
In the News

Cranberries: Bladder Protector or Old Wives' Tale?

For women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections, cranberries may be the answer. It turns out that the tart red berries can help prevent such infections by decreasing bacterial adherence to the walls of the bladder and urethra for up to eight hours after ingestion. Cranberry juice appears to be more effective than cranberry-containing supplements in this regard. However, there are some drawbacks to using the juice as a preventative measure. For example, cranberry juice has a high sugar content and is therefore fairly caloric. More...
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