Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 6, 2013)
Word of the Day

absolutism

Definition:(noun) A form of government in which all power is vested in a single ruler or other authority.
Synonyms:dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, despotism
Usage: Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life.
Article of the Day

MREs

An MRE—or Meal, Ready-to-Eat—is a complete, self-contained field ration provided to members of the US military. MREs are carefully developed to provide enough calories for soldiers in the field and may include condiments, utensils, and matches. They are lightweight and capable of withstanding a parachute drop. Today, MREs come in 24 varieties, some of which are reportedly more palatable than others—inspiring such nicknames as "Meals, Rarely Edible." What is the shelf life of an MRE? More...
This Day in History

Founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (1830)

Shortly after Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he officially founded The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints—also known as the Mormon Church—in Fayette, New York. The church flourished but was forced to relocate frequently. It was violently expelled from Missouri, and a mob killed Smith in Illinois in 1844. His successor, Brigham Young, led followers to Utah three years later. Tensions with the US government continued to escalate, culminating in what war? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (1927)

Mulligan was an important baritone saxophonist and one of the best-known exponents of cool jazz, a delicate, understated offshoot of bebop. He began his career in the mid-1940s as an arranger for Gene Krupa and Claude Thornhill and played on the historic Miles Davis nonet recordings in 1949. He gained considerable success with the quartet he formed with Chet Baker in 1952, and he led ensembles of various sizes thereafter. Mulligan served jail time after he was arrested in 1953 for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) nerves are shot

One is mentally or emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, or overwrought. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (2017)

April 6, 1830 is the day on which Joseph Smith formally established the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons) in Fayette, New York. Three years later the anniversary of the Church's founding was celebrated for the first time; in 1837, a general conference was held to conduct church business and to observe the anniversary. Eventually the idea of holding an annual conference became an established custom, and it was always scheduled to encompass the April 6 founding date. More...
In the News

Alarming New Bird Flu Strain Emerging in China

Flu experts and epidemiologists are scrambling to figure out just how concerned we need to be about a new strain of bird flu that has begun making its way into the human population. More than a dozen people in China have been sickened by the H7N9 virus and six have already died as a result. Thankfully, there is no evidence to suggest that the strain is able to spread from person to person. Scientists and world leaders are closely monitoring the situation and have begun developing a vaccine in case it is needed. More...
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