Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

gainful

Definition:(adjective) Yielding a fair profit.
Synonyms:paying, paid
Usage: The lack of opportunities for gainful employment in the county after the lumber mill closed meant that many families had to apply for public assistance.
Article of the Day

Qadi

A qadi is a Muslim judge who renders decisions according to Sharia, the canon law of Islam. Although his jurisdiction extends to civil and criminal matters, the qadi typically hears only religious cases, such as those involving inheritance, marriage, and divorce. The first qadi was appointed in the 7th century by the second Muslim caliph, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, to help alleviate the burden of judging disputes that arose in the community. What are the qualifications for becoming a qadi? More...
This Day in History

US Senate Ratifies the Antiballistic Missile Treaty (1972)

The Antiballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972 limited the number of defensive antiballistic missile systems allowed to the US and USSR. Effective ABM systems had been sought since the Cold War, when the nuclear arms race raised the specter of complete destruction by unstoppable ballistic missiles. In the West, the treaty was seen as a deterrent to nuclear war, since neither side would be able to fully protect against nuclear attack. Why then did the US withdraw from the treaty in 2002? More...
Today's Birthday

Leon Uris (1924)

Uris was an American novelist known for his many popular novels, especially the 1958 bestseller Exodus, a fictional account of Israel's early history that was eventually translated into dozens of languages. Meticulously researched, much of his fiction is set in historical periods of the 20th century. Uris also wrote screenplays, notably for the classic Western Gunfight at the OK Corral, and many of his novels were made into films. Who starred in the film version of Exodus? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

happy as a lark

Very happy; contented. More...
Today's Holiday

Nebuta Matsuri (2016)

Nebuta Matsuri, the main festival of Aomori Prefecture in Japan, features processions of huge, elaborately painted papier-mâché figures called nebuta. In the capital city of Aomori, the nebuta figures, up to 49 feet wide and 26 feet high, depict ferociously scowling samurai warriors. Illuminated from within by candles, they glow as they are carried through the streets at nightfall. Spectators wear hats made of flowers and dance in the streets. More...
In the News

Oxygen Molecule Observed in Space

Oxygen is the most abundant element on Earth, and its molecular form, composed of two oxygen atoms joined by a double bond, makes life on the planet possible. While individual oxygen atoms have previously been found in space, the existence of molecular oxygen in space had not been confirmed until now. Astronomers, suspecting that much of the oxygen in space is locked onto dust grains and incorporated into water ice and is more readily released in warmer, more turbulent areas, focused their attention on a star-forming region of the Orion constellation. It was there that the Herschel Space Observatory detected molecular oxygen. More...
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