Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 8, 2014)
Word of the Day

bewitch

Definition:(verb) Cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something.
Synonyms:hex, jinx, enchant
Usage: After reading Harry Potter, I spent hours on end trying to bewitch a broomstick to fly.
Article of the Day

The Irish Potato Famine

By the early 1840s, nearly half of the Irish population, particularly the rural poor, depended almost entirely on the potato for sustenance. The Irish Potato Famine, which lasted from 1845 to 1849, led to the deaths of more than a million people from starvation or famine-related diseases. A watershed moment in Ireland's demographic history, it also provoked a massive exodus, and the British government's minimal relief efforts worsened Anglo-Irish relations. What caused the potato crop to fail? More...
This Day in History

American Pledge of Allegiance First Published (1892)

The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty to the United States. It first appeared in the September 8, 1892, issue of The Youth's Companion, and its authorship has been ascribed to magazine staff member Francis Bellamy. Officially recognized by the government in 1942, the pledge became compulsory in some public schools, but the following year the Supreme Court ruled that recitation could not be required of any individual. What two words were inserted into the pledge in 1954? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansgar (801 CE)

The patron saint of Scandinavia, Ansgar was a missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He was sent by Louis I to help King Harald Christianize Denmark and King Bjorn Christianize Sweden. He initiated a mission to all Scandinavians and Slavs and was appointed archbishop of Hamburg in 832. When Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism by 845, Ansgar thwarted the pagan rebellion. He was recognized as a saint soon after his death. Ansgar is often called the Apostle of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fine feathers don't make fine birds.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

hangdog look

A self-pitying expression of abjection, defeat, shame, or guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Nativity of the Theotokos

The Greek word theotokos means "god-bearer," or "mother of God." The feast known as the Nativity of the Theotokos is observed in Orthodox Christian churches on September 8. Western Christian churches celebrate the feast on the same day, but call it the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of Mary's nativity is believed to have originated in the East, probably in Syria or Palestine, some centuries ago. By the 11th century, the observation of this feast had spread throughout the Christian world. More...
In the News

Is Schwarzenegger to Blame for Your Spare Tire?

It doesn't take a scientist to figure out that being a couch potato isn't good for one's waistline, but it does take one—in fact, it took an entire team—to figure out which genre of TV or film is likely to do the most damage. The answer, as it turns out, is action. People watching an action film ate twice the amount of food by weight and 65 percent more calories than those watching an interview program. All in all, the researchers conclude, people should avoid snacking when watching TV, particularly when watching highly distracting content like action movies. More...
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