Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

idolize

Definition:(verb) Love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol.
Synonyms:revere, worship
Usage: Naomi idolized her father as she was growing up and only began to recognize his many faults once she reached adulthood.
Article of the Day

Sacraments

A sacrament is a religious symbol or rite that is believed to transfer spiritual power to the participant. Today, sacraments are primarily associated with Christianity, which holds that they consist of visible signs of invisible grace and derive from practices instituted by Jesus. Christian churches, however, are divided with regard to the number and operation of sacraments. In most Protestant churches, only baptism and communion are recognized. What are the 7 sacraments of Roman Catholicism? More...
This Day in History

Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. By adding four gold and two silver medals in London in 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever. Who had previously held the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat's Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More...
Quotation of the Day
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. More...
Today's Holiday

Baekjung

In Korea, the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi—"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village. More...
In the News

Cell Phones Used to Pass Time and Avoid People

These days, cell phones do a lot more than just make phone calls, and the Pew Internet and American Life Project explores the ways in which Americans are now using these devices. A number of cell phone owners admitted to taking advantage of one of the less advertised uses of cell phones—their ability to stave off unwanted social contact, which is done simply by pretending to be busy on a call or using the gadget. Additionally, nearly half of American cell phone owners said they use them to entertain themselves when bored, half have used them to get instant access to information, and nearly three quarters have used them to send text or picture messages. More...
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