Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

ballyhoo

Definition:(noun) Blatant or sensational promotion.
Synonyms:hoopla, hype, plug
Usage: The ballyhoo that accompanied Kyle's campaign for student council was ultimately unnecessary, as no one chose to run against him.
Article of the Day

Ars Amatoria

Written around the time of the birth of Christ, the Ars Amatoria, or Art of Love, is Ovid's handbook for acquiring and keeping a lover. The Roman poet offers practical yet witty advice to both men and women, at times exercising discretion. He often delves into psychology, such as when he suggests making a lover artificially jealous to keep him or her attentive. He advises a young man to gallantly brush any dust from his date's gown. What is his advice if the gown is not dusty? More...
This Day in History

Nevado del Ruiz Erupts in Colombia (1985)

When ash began to fall on the Colombian town of Armero, local authorities assured residents that it was safe to stay put, despite geologists' warnings to the contrary. It had been more than 140 years since the last serious eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz, known to residents as "the Sleeping Lion." That night, a lahar—a massive flow of mud and debris—swept down the side of the erupting volcano, destroying Armero. It was the worst natural disaster in Columbian history. How many people were killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 CE)

Augustine was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city that is now Annaba, Algeria. In his early 30s, he converted to Christianity, gave up his position as professor of rhetoric, became a bishop, and turned his home into a monastery. He served for more than 40 years. While he lay dying, Vandals destroyed his city but spared his library. His writings, which include Confessions and De Civitate Dei, deeply influenced Western Christianity. What now-extinct religion did he originally practice? More...
Quotation of the Day
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in bits and pieces

In many small fragments. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini (2017)

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More...
In the News

Heartbeat Could Become Pacemaker Power Source

The first implantable cardiac pacemaker was developed in the late 1950s, and the technology has rapidly progressed since that time. Unfortunately, the devices are still limited by a relatively short battery life—five to seven years—after which they must be replaced. However, this may not be the case for long. An energy-harvesting device that uses mechanical energy to generate an electric charge has shown promise in harnessing heartbeat-like vibrations, meaning that a person's heartbeat could one day be the very thing that powers his pacemaker. More...
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