Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

stoicism

Definition:(noun) An indifference to pleasure or pain.
Synonyms:stolidness
Usage: With the stoicism of the brutes who had raised him he endured his suffering quietly.
Article of the Day

Guanyin

A popular Mahayana Buddhist deity, Avalokitesvara is the bodhisattva—enlightened being who defers Nirvana to help others—of infinite compassion and mercy. He is said to be the creator of the fourth world, the actual living universe. In Tibetan Buddhism, he is thought to be reincarnated in each Dalai Lama to preserve Buddha’s teachings. However, in China and Japan, his gender became ambiguous, and he evolved into the goddess of mercy known as Guanyin. How does Guanyin differ from Avalokitesvara? More...
This Day in History

The Reichstag Fire (1933)

The 1933 fire at the German Parliament building known as the Reichstag was a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany. Allegedly set by a Dutch communist, the fire was used by Adolf Hitler to turn public opinion against his opponents, especially the communists. Immediately after the fire, he enacted a decree suspending constitutional protection of personal rights, effectively establishing the Nazi Party dictatorship. Why do some believe the fire was set by the Nazis themselves? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886)

Black was a US Supreme Court Justice for 34 years. A prominent supporter of the New Deal, he was also in the majority that struck down mandatory school prayer and guaranteed the availability of legal counsel to suspected criminals. He was known for an absolutist belief in the Bill of Rights, and his last major opinion supported the right of The New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers, which revealed improper government conduct. To what secret society did Black once belong? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. It is the policeman in all our hearts, set there to watch that we do not break its laws. It is the spy seated in the central stronghold of the ego.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

rarer than hens' teeth

Incredibly scarce or rare; extremely difficult or impossible to find. More...
Today's Holiday

Shrove Monday (2017)

Many countries celebrate Shrove Monday as well as Shrove Tuesday, both days marking a time of preparation for Lent. It is often a day for eating pastry, as the butter and eggs in the house must all be used up before Lent. In Greece it is known as Clean Monday and is observed by holding picnics at which Lenten foods are served. In Iceland, the Monday before Lent is known as Bun Day. The significance of the name is twofold: it is a day for striking people on the buttocks with a stick before they get out of bed as well as a day for eating sweet buns with whipped cream. More...
In the News

Hot Flashes May be Sign of Heart Health

A new study suggests that women who experience intense menopausal symptoms like hot flashes at the start of menopause may not be suffering in vain. It found that, compared to women who reported no menopausal symptoms, women who experienced hot flashes and night sweats around the time of menopause had an 11 percent lower risk of having a heart-related health problem and an 8 percent lower risk of dying during the study's nearly 10-year follow up. Meanwhile, women who developed hot flashes years after menopause actually had an increased risk of heart-related problems. More...
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