Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

pedagogue

Definition:(noun) Someone who educates young people.
Synonyms:educator
Usage: My grandfather was a born pedagogue; it gave him great pleasure to impart information.
Article of the Day

Primal Therapy

Primal therapy is a type of psychotherapy built upon the idea that many adults’ mental problems result from unresolved childhood conflicts. It encourages patients to relive early traumatic experiences and to release the painful emotions associated with them through aggressive behaviors, such as screaming about their parents. Developed by psychologist Arthur Janov in the 1960s, the therapy became popular in the 70s but was soon the target of criticism. However, it attracted what notable patients? More...
This Day in History

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease's stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More...
Today's Birthday

Sonja Henie (1912)

Henie began ice skating at the age of eight and won the first of six straight Norwegian figure-skating championships within two years. Starting in 1927, she won the world's figure-skating crown 10 straight years, the European title six times, and the Olympic gold medal three times. She introduced music and dance into free skating, greatly broadening its appeal, and turned professional in 1936, earning millions starring in films and ice shows. Why did many Norwegians consider her a quisling? More...
Quotation of the Day
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2017)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Gunman Opens Fire in Rio School

On Thursday, a 24-year-old gunman opened fire in a school in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, leaving at least 11 students dead and many more injured before taking his own life. The attacker, who was later identified as Wellington de Oliveira, a former student at the school, reportedly had two revolvers, ammunition, and a suicide note with him when he entered the building at around 8AM local time. He told teachers he was there to give a speech, then opened fire on the students. The shocking attack was the first of its kind in Brazil. More...
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