Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

coddle

Definition:(verb) Treat with excessive indulgence.
Synonyms:baby, cocker, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil, indulge
Usage: I have warned her not to spoil the children, but she chooses to coddle them anyway.
Article of the Day

St. Isidore

In the 4th and 5th centuries, Gothic invaders terrorized the Roman Empire, sacking Rome and establishing a Gothic kingdom in Spain. St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, set out to convert the various peoples of the Gothic Empire to Christianity, eventually eradicating the Visigoths’ religion of Arianism. Later hailed by the Church as "the most learned man of the latter ages," Isidore was the first Christian writer to compose a compendium of universal religious knowledge. What was it called? More...
This Day in History

Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Today's Birthday

John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Quotation of the Day
Unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilization have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to ... lead us into guilt and wickedness.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (2017)

The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. More...
In the News

Choristers Have a Change of Heart

When choir singers perform together, their heart rates tend to synchronize. The more structured the piece, the greater the synchrony. Researchers attribute this to the controlled breathing techniques that singers use, which effectively coordinate their breathing. This is also likely why choral singing has the overall effect of slowing the heart rate. Thus, like yoga breathing and guided breathing, which have been shown to lower blood pressure, choir singing could improve cardiovascular health. More...
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