Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

malefic

Definition:(adjective) Having or exerting a malignant influence.
Synonyms:malevolent, malign, evil
Usage: I would bet my life that Amelia's grades would improve if she stopped going out with those malefic hoodlums every night.
Article of the Day

Posie Rings

Posie rings—also known as poesy or posy rings—were tokens of love in England made popular in Medieval times. Sometimes worn as wedding rings, they were engraved with short, often rhyming expressions of love, friendship, or fidelity. Thousands of French and English posie-ring sayings have been recorded over the years, including "in thee my choyce I do rejoice," "God above increase our love," and "let this present my good intent." What other sentimental inscriptions are found on surviving rings? More...
This Day in History

Weimar Constitution Signed into Law (1919)

Written immediately after World War I, the Weimar Constitution was the document that governed the short-lived Weimar Republic of Germany. It declared the nation a federal republic governed by a president and parliament and was a strong attempt to establish a liberal democracy in Germany. However, it was adopted during a time of civil conflict and failed with the ascent of the Nazi Party in 1933. How did Hitler manage to subvert the Weimar Constitution after he came to power? More...
Today's Birthday

Christiaan Eijkman (1858)

While seeking a bacterial cause for the nutritional disorder beriberi, Eijkman, a Dutch pathologist, noticed a resemblance between a nerve disorder in his laboratory chickens and the symptoms of beriberi. He traced the chickens' disorder to a change in their feed—it had been switched from brown to white rice—and surmised that white rice lacked a dietary component found in brown rice. This eventually led to the discovery of vitamins and earned him a 1929 Nobel Prize, which he shared with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

get the gist

To understand the central, essential, or general matter of something, such as an argument, speech, concept, process, etc., without being proficient in the more specific details. More...
Today's Holiday

Battle of Flowers (2016)

First held in 1902 as part of the celebration for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, the Battle of Flowers takes place on Jersey in the British Channel Islands every August. It begins with a parade of floats covered in flowers, many of which are quite elaborate and take months to prepare. Spectators no longer engage in a flower-throwing melee after the parade—these days the "battle" consists of a competition for the finest floats. A moonlight parade Friday night displays the floats with their illuminations and concludes with a fireworks finale. More...
In the News

No Sun for Sect's Kids Living in Bunker

A number of children born to members of a Russian Islamist sect that sequestered itself in an underground bunker for nearly a decade saw the sun for the first time this month, after the group's quarters were discovered by authorities in Kazan. Prohibited from leaving the eight-story, unheated underground bunker, the 70 members of the Fayzarahmanist sect, named for its organizer and prophet Fayzrahman Satarov, are now under investigation for illegal activities such as prohibiting members from seeking medical care and education and for potential child abuse. More...
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