Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

concoct

Definition:(verb) Prepare or cook by mixing ingredients.
Synonyms:cook up
Usage: The witch concocted a sweet-smelling brew that would put the princess to sleep for 100 years.
Article of the Day

Soul Train

Soul Train was an American musical show that aired more than 1,000 episodes from 1971 to 2006, becoming the longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history. Created by producer Don Cornelius, its first host, Soul Train featured performances by soul, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop artists and has been described as the American Bandstand of the African-American community. What celebrities got their start dancing on Soul Train? More...
This Day in History

Saddam Hussein Becomes President of Iraq (1979)

Hussein was president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. He joined Iraq's Ba'th Party in 1957 and fled to Egypt after participating in a failed attempt to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister in 1959. He returned to Iraq when the Ba'thists gained power in 1963 but was jailed when they were overthrown. He escaped and helped reinstall the party in 1968. A decade later, he took over the presidency with the aim of replacing Egypt as leader of the Arab world. How many wars did Iraq fight during his tenure? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Clare of Assisi (1194)

Born to a noble family, Chiara Offreduccio, now St. Clare of Assisi, was deeply influenced by fellow Assisian St. Francis. Refusing to marry, she instead fled to a chapel where he received her vows. She later became abbess of a female religious community that included her sister and mother. The Second Order of St. Francis, or Poor Clares, adopted the absolute poverty of St. Francis but was strictly cloistered, unlike its counterpart, the Franciscans. Why is Clare the patron saint of television? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed in any longer.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

good graces

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good graces" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Nuestra Señora de Itatí (2016)

The town of Itatí is situated on the banks of Argentina's Paraná River. Two days before the well-known festival of Neustra Señora de Itatí, which is held on July 16, thousands of pilgrims begin to arrive from San Luis de Palmar in a seemingly endless procession of people on horseback, in carts, and on foot; festival goers arrive from all over Argentina as well. Worship services take place on the 16th in the huge basilica that guards the copper statue of the Virgin, which is more than 24 feet high. Pilgrims even ascend up into the statue until their heads reach the Virgin's crown. More...
In the News

Gecko Treatment Endangers People and Environment

Environmental and health officials in the Philippines are warning against the folkloric practice of using geckos for the treatment of diseases like asthma, AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis, and impotence. The practice, they say, presents a health danger because it has no scientific basis and could deter people from seeking proven medical treatments. In addition, geckos play an important role in the ecosystem by helping regulate the pest population. The trade in geckos is growing in the Philippines, and this could have harmful environmental effects. More...
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