Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

groggy

Definition:(adjective) Stunned or confused and slow to react (as from blows or drunkenness or exhaustion).
Synonyms:foggy, logy, stuporous, dazed
Usage: Groggy from lack of sleep, Elena walked right into a kitchen chair while stumbling toward the coffee pot.
Article of the Day

The Peshitta

Written in the Syriac language—a form of Aramaic—the Peshitta is the Bible used by Syriac Christians. Its Old Testament is said to be a direct translation from the ancient Hebrew, unlike other modern Bibles, which have been translated from Greek or Latin. Because the New Testament of the Peshitta has remained in Aramaic for so long, Syriac Christians believe it may be more accurate than versions that have undergone more translations and revisions. What does "Peshitta" mean? More...
This Day in History

"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of "genetic epistemology," a natural timetable for the development of the child's ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa) (2016)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union BuildingsUnion Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
In the News

Cutting Violent Viewing Improves Kids' Sleep

Limiting preschoolers' exposure to violent videos and other mature media content can make bedtime go better. Researchers found that youngsters exposed to only non-violent and age-appropriate "healthy media" are about 20 percent less likely to have sleep problems than those allowed to view violent media. For about a year, kids of parents instructed to limit their children's media exposure to age-appropriate content had fewer sleep disruptions. By 18 months, however, problems began to reappear, perhaps because parents were becoming more lax in what they allowed their kids to watch. More...
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