Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

faithless

Definition:(adjective) Having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor.
Synonyms:traitorous, treasonous, unfaithful
Usage: They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.
Article of the Day

The Tetragrammaton

In the Old Testament, the proper name of God is revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. Known as the Tetragrammaton—Greek for "four-letter word"—it consists of four Hebrew consonants: yod, he, vav, and he. These are variously transliterated as JHVH, JHWH, YHWH, or YHVH. Although contention still exists today, many scholars accept the pronunciation as either "Yahweh" Or "Jehovah." The name is regarded by Jews as ineffable—too sacred to be pronounced. When reading, what substitute is used? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When he first observed superconductivity, what did he think it was? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, be humble, my brother, in your prosperity! Be gentle with those who are less lucky, if not more deserving.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

International Day of Peace (2020)

This is a day proclaimed by the U.N. each year to promote the ideals of peace. The first official observance of the International Day of Peace was in September 1982. At the United Nations, the day is marked with a special message by the secretary-general, who then rings the Japanese Peace Bell and invites people throughout the world to reflect on the meaning of peace. Special events are organized in various countries, and in the United States the mayors of a number of cities issue proclamations for the day. More...
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