Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

consanguineous

Definition:(adjective) Related by blood.
Synonyms:kin, cognate
Usage: Howard felt like an outsider in his adoptive family, as if he were somehow intruding on their consanguineous unit.
Article of the Day

Lazarus

In the New Testament, two apparently separate people are named Lazarus. One is raised from the dead by Jesus after having spent four days in a tomb. The other is a leper who dies at the gate of a selfish rich man, then goes to heaven. Upon his own death, the rich man arrives in hell, where, in his suffering, he begs the leper Lazarus for water. This Lazarus is the only person in a New Testament parable who is named. Though the rich man is not named, he is commonly referred to as Dives. Why? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Court Rules to Release Ezra Pound from Mental Hospital (1958)

An influential American poet and literary critic, Pound spent most of his life in Europe. At the end of WWII, he was arrested for treason by the US for making public broadcasts in Italy supporting anti-Semitism and Fascism. Judged insane, he was committed to a hospital in Washington, DC, until Ernest Hemingway and other friends secured his release 12 years later. In the early weeks of his incarceration, he began showing signs of a mental breakdown, possibly as a result of being locked in what? More...
Today's Birthday

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882)

Stokowski was a legendary British-American conductor whose strong advocacy of new music helped to broaden American musical taste. He conducted and toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than two decades, transforming it into a world-class ensemble and creating the lush "Philadelphia sound." He made three films, including Walt Disney's Fantasia, in which he also appeared. What made the "Philadelphia sound" so unique? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in all seriousness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Independence Day (2017)

Like much of Africa, the area that is now Zimbabwe was long controlled by Europeans. In 1922, the 34,000 European settlers chose to become a self-governing British colony, Southern Rhodesia; in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was annexed by the British Crown. A fight for independence took place in the 1970s. An independent constitution was written for Zimbabwe in London in 1979, and independence followed on April 18, 1980. Independence Day is celebrated in every city and district of the nation with political rallies, parades, traditional dances, singing, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Warmth Best for Baby Pain Relief

A number of techniques are used to try and minimize babies' pain during medical procedures like blood tests and vaccinations, but simply keeping the babies warm could be the most effective method of all. In a small trial of 47 healthy newborns, those who had been placed in a warming system prior to being given a vaccination stopped crying and grimacing more quickly than those soothed with sugar drops or a pacifier. More...
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