Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

alleviative

Definition:(adjective) Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.
Synonyms:lenitive, mitigative, palliative
Usage: After the blacksmith burned his hand, he applied an alleviative salve to lessen the searing pain.
Article of the Day

Cryptography

Cryptography concerns the securing of information, often during communication, by translating messages into cipher or code. Ciphering has always been considered vital for diplomatic and military secrecy—the Bible is replete with examples of ciphering, and many figures throughout history have written in ciphers, including Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mary Queen of Scots, and Louis XIV. What legal issues and controversies surround cryptography methods in the 21st century? More...
This Day in History

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More...
Today's Birthday

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as "the Untouchables." Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

in all truthfulness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Cerealia (2017)

Ceres was the ancient Roman goddess of grain and of harvests, often identified with the Greek goddess Demeter. The festival known as Cerealia was observed at various locations only by Roman matrons, who, for several days preceding the festival, abstained from wine and other carnal pleasures. People who were in mourning were not allowed to appear at the celebration. For this reason, the Cerealia was not observed after the Battle of Cannae, when 50,000 Roman troops were killed by Hannibal. More...
In the News

Deadliest Day on Everest

An avalanche along the most popular route up Mount Everest killed at least 12 Nepali mountain guides on Friday. Several other climbers were still missing in the hours following the event. Prior to this avalanche, the deadliest day on Everest was May 11, 1996, when eight people lost their lives in a storm. In all, 15 people died attempting to summit the mountain that year, making it the deadliest year in Everest's history. It is still early in Everest's peak climbing season, meaning this year could well surpass that unfortunate record. More...
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