Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

supercilious

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing haughty disdain.
Synonyms:haughty, prideful, sniffy, swaggering, lordly, disdainful
Usage: He smiled in a supercilious manner and said I had better do as I was asked.
Article of the Day

Monticello

Monticello—"little mountain" in Italian—is the estate designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, based on the classical style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, it was Jefferson's home for 56 years and was built on property he inherited from his father. Today, the site operates as a museum and is the only home in the US that has been designated a World Heritage Site. What forced Jefferson's daughter to sell the estate? 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
I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

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

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

Preventing Alzheimer's

Researchers say a third of the world's Alzheimer's cases are preventable. They found that diabetes, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking, and poor education are all risk factors in the development of Alzheimer's that can potentially be addressed to reduce risk. According to their calculations, reducing each risk factor by 10 percent could prevent nearly nine million cases of Alzheimer's by 2050. More...
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