Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

enkindle

Definition:(verb) Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).
Synonyms:arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, fire, raise
Usage: Melissa's coy smile enkindled the hopes of the young man seeking her favor.
Article of the Day

Molecular Clouds

Throughout the universe, new stars are born in cold, concentrated, asymmetrical clouds of interstellar gas where molecules exist in appreciable abundance. These molecular clouds are often so dark and full of dust that light cannot pass through them, and when they collapse internally, new stars are formed. The motions of such clouds are governed by turbulence and gravity, and they can be tremendously large. Within our own galaxy, where are clouds of molecular gasses predominantly located? More...
This Day in History

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Begins (1971)

When East Pakistan demanded greater autonomy from West Pakistan in 1971, civil war erupted. Millions of East Pakistanis fled to India, which West Pakistan then attacked. India responded by attacking both East and West Pakistan, occupying the eastern half and throwing its support behind the independence movement. The war lasted 13 days and ended with Pakistan's surrender. East Pakistan then declared independence and became Bangladesh. Why was the Taj Mahal covered with burlap during the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

a kindred spirit

A person who shares several or many fundamental beliefs, ideas, convictions, sentiments, attitudes, and/or interests with oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Dattatreya Jayanti (2017)

Dattatreya's birthday is celebrated all over India. Hindus rise early and bathe in sacred streams, fast, and spend the day in worship and prayer. They also meditate on sacred works that include the Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita. Recently, Dattatreya is identified with the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, for it is believed that portions of these deities were incarnated in him. He is usually depicted with three heads and six hands. More...
In the News

Farmer Grandfather's Second Act as a Women's Fashion Model

Usually, when a model fails to show up for her scheduled fashion shoot, the company that hired her suffers a setback. However, for one group of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs, it was possibly the best thing that could have happened to them. On that day, 72-year-old former farmer Liu Qianping was visiting his granddaughter, one of the business partners, and offered to help by standing in for the missing model. In the weeks since he began modeling the women's fashions, Liu has become an Internet sensation, and visits to the women's website have increased four-fold. More...
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