Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

apologist

Definition:(noun) A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.
Synonyms:vindicator, justifier
Usage: English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
Article of the Day

Cesar Millan: A Dog's Best Friend

Dog Whisperer is a National Geographic Channel reality TV series in which Cesar Millan, a self-proclaimed dog behaviorist, rehabilitates unruly dogs and teaches their owners proper canine training techniques. Though he has no formal certification, Millan believes his early observations of his family's farm dogs give him unique insight into pack mentality. In 2006, Millan published Cesar's Way, a guide to dog psychology. What are the three principles of Millan's training philosophy? More...
This Day in History

Remains of Explorer Robert Scott and His Men Are Found in Antarctica (1912)

The Scott party reached the South Pole in January 1912 after a grueling two-and-a-half month journey across Antarctica, only to find that another group had beaten them to it weeks earlier. On the return trek, Scott and his entire team died. Seven months later, a search party found their final camp, retrieved Scott's records, and buried the bodies under a cairn of snow. It is now believed that Scott was the last to die. In his final diary entry, written on March 29, Scott makes what request? More...
Today's Birthday

Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651?)

Today considered one of the greatest lyric poets of colonial Mexico, Sor Juana abandoned her life as a favorite at the viceroy's court to join a convent at the age of 16. There, she immersed herself in learning. Criticized by her superiors, she penned a passionate defense of women's education that became a classic. Despite having earned wide acclaim as a poet, she ceased writing publicly under pressure from church officials. Devoted to spirituality in her final years, she died doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

be in bad with (someone)

To be disliked or out of favor with someone; to be in trouble with someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day (2017)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was a pioneer in the struggle for women's rights. She helped organize the first women's rights convention, held at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. With Susan B. Anthony, they organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, planned suffrage campaigns, and fought for equality for women. Governor Herbert Lehman of New York declared November 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in 1941. Her birthday has long been observed by women's rights groups throughout the U.S., particularly the National Organization for Women (NOW). More...
In the News

Why Did Those Giant Rats Go Extinct? And Could They Come Back?

“Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist,” says Westley, the young heroic lead in "The Princess Bride," an instant before he gets tackled by a rat the size of a bear. Turns out the 1987 cult classic film has some reality behind it. Though a ... More...
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