Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

hornswoggle

Definition:(verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms:bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize
Usage: I might be a thief, but even I think it is shameful to hornswoggle an old lady out of her life savings!
Article of the Day

Mammon

In the New Testament, Mammon is the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god. The term is also used generally in the Bible to describe wealth as a source of corruption. "You cannot serve God and mammon"—meaning that you cannot be both a good person and absorbed with gaining wealth—is one of the most noted Biblical proverbs. The common literary usage of Mammon as a god of covetousness or avarice likely stems from what text, in which Mammon oversees a cave of worldly wealth? More...
This Day in History

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Opens in Wales (1805)

It took 10 years to build the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which towers over the River Dee valley in Wrexham, Wales. A feat of civil engineering, it is still in use more than two centuries later, allowing boats to cross the Llangollen Canal about 120 feet (35 m) above the valley. The aqueduct consists of a narrow cast iron trough supported by stone columns and bordered by a railed path that was built so horses could tow canal boats. The span occasionally closes for maintenance. How is it emptied? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Katharine Drexel (1858)

The niece of a wealthy Philadelphia banker, Drexel inherited a vast fortune and used it to address racial injustice and educational inequality in the US. She established mission schools across the American West and founded Xavier University, the only historically black, Catholic university in the US. In 1891, after becoming a Roman Catholic nun, she founded a society of nuns to aid Native Americans and African Americans. The second US-born saint, Drexel is known as the patron saint of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

keep schtum

To remain silent; to not say anything. (Used especially when by saying something, especially at the wrong time, one would cause trouble or difficulty for him- or herself.) Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Umoja Karamu (2017)

The African-American holiday of Umoja Karamu, which means "unity feast" in Kiswahili, celebrates family members' commitment to one another. Five periods of African-American life, each symbolized by a color, provide the framework for the ceremony: 1) the family in Africa, before slavery in America (black); 2) the enslaved family in America (white); 3) the family freed from slavery (red); 4) the family struggling for true liberation (green); 5) the family anticipating the future (orange or gold). Narratives, music, and foods relating to each period are part of the ceremony. More...
In the News

Shut Off the Lights for Better Shuteye

When it is time for bed, turning off the TV and any lights in the bedroom could help you sleep better. Researchers say artificial light at night can affect brain activity levels and lead to poor quality sleep. When study participants were made to sleep in a room with a fluorescent lamp turned on, they spent more time in a shallow stage of sleep and had more "micro-arousals" during the night than when they slept in a room with no artificial light. More...
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