Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 08, 2015)
Word of the Day

rapport

Definition:(noun) Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.
Synonyms:resonance
Usage: They had an excellent rapport and would never keep secrets from one another.
Article of the Day

The Legendary Griffin

In ancient and medieval legend, the griffin is a creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Some traditions also give it a serpent's tail. The griffin is thought to have originated in ancient Middle Eastern legend and is often found in Persian sculpture. Although its significance is obscure, the griffin is thought to have been a protective symbol, representing strength and vigilance. When is a griffin called an "alce" or "keythong"? 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
Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

hangdog look

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

Nativity of the Theotokos (2016)

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 There a Planet X, a "Massive Perturber," Hidden beyond Pluto?

If you've been following our coverage of the New Horizons mission, you know that the NASA probe had a spectacular fly-by of Pluto on July 14 and, if the agency approves the funding, will scrutinize a “cold, classical" Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's ... More...
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