Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

garret

Definition:(noun) Floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage.
Synonyms:attic, loft
Usage: There was yet an upper staircase, of a steeper inclination and of contracted dimensions, to be ascended, before the garret story was reached.
Article of the Day

Naming Taboo

In China, the naming taboo is a cultural taboo against speaking or writing the given names of exalted persons. In the past, the taboo especially discouraged the use of the emperor's given name and those of his ancestors. For example, during the Qin dynasty, Qin Shi Huang's given name Zheng was avoided, and the first month of the year, "Zheng Yue," was renamed "Duan Yue." In 1777, lexicographer Wang Xihou wrote the full name of the Qianlong emperor in his dictionary. What was his punishment? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is influenced by no consideration, recognizes no restraints of reason, and is of the same nature as death, that assails alike the lofty palaces of kings and the humble cabins of shepherds; and when it takes entire possession of a heart, the first thing it does is to banish fear and shame from it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

the jet set

A group of wealthy individuals who travel globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2017)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
In the News

Coffee, Tea May Keep Superbug at Bay

Regular coffee and tea drinkers may be less likely to be carriers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In a recent study of more than 5,500 Americans, researchers found that those who drank hot tea or coffee were about half as likely to be carrying the superbug in their nostrils. It is unclear why this is the case, although there is some evidence that the drinks have antimicrobial properties. The study does not prove that the beverages are the reason for the lower risk of MRSA nasal carriage; still, scientists believe the link does warrant further investigation. More...
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