Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

intersect

Definition:(verb) Meet at a point.
Synonyms:cross
Usage: These two fences intersect at the creek.
Article of the Day

John Dowland

Dowland was an English composer who was unsurpassed in his day as a lutenist. Refused a court position in 1594 and believing his adoptive Catholicism to have been the cause, he left for the Continent and took a position at the Danish court. Having made a name for himself in the music world, he was finally appointed lutenist to the English court in 1612. He published three collections of songs, including about 90 works for solo lute and some 80 lute songs. Why do some suspect that he was a spy? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Falkirk (1298)

The Battle of Falkirk was a major battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. It was fought between the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, and King Edward I of England, also known as the Hammer of the Scots. In 1298, Edward I invaded Scotland and defeated a smaller force led by Wallace at Falkirk. Edward's longbowmen and cavalry decimated Wallace's spearmen, forcing him to retreat. What did Wallace do shortly after losing the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Lazarus (1849)

Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. She also worked for the relief of new immigrants to the US, and the famous closing lines of her sonnet "The New Colossus" were engraved on what monument? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Festival) (2016)

The Wild Horse Festival, or Soma-Nomaoi, takes place annually in Soma City and Minami-Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan over four days, July 22-25. It is a historical re-enactment of military exercises that are more than 1,000 years old. In the event's highlight, about 600 mounted samurai warriors in traditional Japanese armor gallop across the vast Hibarigahara plain and vie for 40 shrine flags propelled into the air by fireworks. Other colorful spectacles include a procession on July 24 summoned by conch shell horn and war drums, and the Nomagake ritual on July 25. More...
In the News

Text Messages Help Smokers Quit

Encouraging text messages could help smokers kick the habit. A recent study of 5,800 UK smokers who wanted to quit found that they were twice as likely to succeed when they received messages of encouragement on their cell phones. Those who received the texts got five messages a day for five weeks and then three a week for about the next six months. They could also indicate when they were experiencing a craving or had slipped and had a smoke and would then get a message containing suitable advice. By the study's end, 10.7 percent of those receiving encouraging texts had stopped smoking, while only 4.9 percent of the control group had managed to quit. More...
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