Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

precept

Definition:(noun) Rule of personal conduct.
Synonyms:principle
Usage: I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.
Article of the Day

The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls were a group of female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint at a New Jersey factory in 1917. The women, who had been told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to sharpen them. Some even painted their fingernails with the glowing substance. After the risks were exposed, five of the women sued their employer in a case that led to the establishment of what right? More...
This Day in History

Elizabeth Barrett Elopes with Robert Browning (1846)

Elizabeth Barrett's Poems, published in 1844, brought her immediate fame and became a favorite of the poet Robert Browning. The two began to correspond, fell in love, and, after a courtship kept secret from her tyrannical father, married and settled in Italy. The once frail and sickly Elizabeth grew stronger and, at age 43, gave birth to a son. Her poetic reputation rests chiefly on the love poems written during their courtship, Sonnets from the Portuguese. Who is "the Portuguese"? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred A. Knopf (1892)

Knopf was a leading American publisher of the 20th century who founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1915. He emphasized translations of great contemporary European literature, at that time neglected by American publishers, and paid special attention to the printing, binding, and design of his books, earning a reputation as a purist in both content and presentation. By the time of his death, authors published by the firm had won 16 Nobel and 27 Pulitzer prizes. What was his colophon? More...
Quotation of the Day
To be in the weakest camp is to be in the strongest school.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hard on the eyes

Unattractive; ugly. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of St. Nichiren's Pardon

At the Botamochi Temple in Kamakura, Japan, this festival honors St. Nichiren (1222-1282), considered to be Japan's most fervent Buddhist priest. He was exiled to the island of Sado in the Sea of Japan in 1271. After four years there, he returned and spent the rest of his life on Mount Minobu. The Festival of Nichiren's Pardon is observed by members of the Nichiren sect with massive demonstrations and the loud chanting of prayers attributed to Nichiren, accompanied by the beating of drums. People make offerings of botamochi, rice balls covered with sweet bean paste, in his honor. More...
In the News

Parents Who Lose a Young Child More Likely to Die Early

Research has shown that people are more likely to die following the death of a spouse, commonly referred to as dying of a "broken heart," and a new study shows the same to be true following the death of a young child. It found that parents who lost a baby before its first birthday were up to 4 times more likely to die in the decade following the child's death. Though the risk of death lessened over time, mothers continued to be 1.2 times more likely to die 30 years after the loss of their child. More...
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