Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

bequeath

Definition:(verb) Leave or give by will after one's death.
Synonyms:will, leave
Usage: He bequeathed all his silver to his children.
Article of the Day

Twelvers

Shi'ism is the second largest denomination of Islam after Sunnism, and within Shi'ism, Twelvers, or Ithna 'Ashariyyah, form the largest school. Twelvers derive their name from their belief in a succession of 12 divinely ordained leaders—imams—beginning with Ali ibn Abu Talib, the fourth caliph and son-in-law of Muhammad. The last of these 12 imams was Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Hujjah, who disappeared in 873 is thought by believers to be alive, hidden by God. When is he expected to reappear? More...
This Day in History

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Kills 146 (1911)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was a clothing manufacturer that occupied the top three floors of a 10-story building in New York. In 1911, a small fire flared up in a dustbin on the 8th floor and quickly spread. Tragically, a number of doors had been locked by management to prevent theft, and fire truck ladders only reached the 6th floor. Dozens of workers jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration, while others burned alive. What sweeping safety reforms were prompted by the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925)

O'Conner was an American writer, considered a master of the short story form and the Southern Gothic style. In stories that reflect her strong Catholic faith, her often grotesque characters are placed in extreme situations that impel them toward redemption. O'Conner spent most of her life on her mother's farm in Georgia, where she died of lupus at the age of 39. When she was just six years old, she became a minor celebrity for teaching a chicken to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Annunciation of the Lord (2017)

This day celebrates the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary announcing that she was to become the mother of Jesus. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation is commonly called Lady Day. Greek Orthodox Christians refer to this day as the Annunciation of the Theotokos. In Sweden it was called Varfrudagen, "Our Lady's Day." Common pronunciation turned it into Vaffeldagen, or "Waffle Day." This is the source of heart-shaped waffle irons: the waffles commemorate the heart of the Virgin Mary. More...
In the News

Cellphone Calls Distracting to Older Pedestrians

Some lawmakers, concerned about the safety of distracted pedestrians, have proposed legislation prohibiting the use of mobile devices while crossing streets. Their concerns are not unfounded, as evidenced by a new study suggesting that talking on a cell phone while crossing the street can be hazardous for older adults. When talking on a hands-free cell phone, people between the ages of 59 and 81 were less likely to successfully cross a virtual street within 30 seconds than younger participants. They also lingered on the "sidewalk" longer. Multitasking may slow down mental and visual processes involved in judging the distance and speed of oncoming vehicles. More...
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