Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

chapiter

Definition:(noun) The upper part of a column that supports the entablature.
Synonyms:capital, cap
Usage: Scattered throughout the ruins were ornately carved chapiters that had once supported a soaring coliseum.
Article of the Day

Noise Pollution

Noise is a recognized form of pollution, but it is difficult to measure because the annoyance or discomfort it causes varies between individuals. There is evidence that hearing sensitivity among young Americans is decreasing because of exposure to noise, including overly amplified music. Apart from hearing loss, excessive noise can cause sleeplessness, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. A 2005 study found that city residents are willing to pay how much for noise reduction? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When did he receive the Nobel Prize in Physics? More...
Quotation of the Day
Churchmen in peace and quiet pray to Heaven for the welfare of the world, but we soldiers and knights carry into effect what they pray for...Thus are we God's ministers on earth and the arms by which his justice is done therein.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Independence Day (2017)

Malta Independence Day is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on this day in 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war. Self-rule was revoked in 1959 and restored again in 1962, and independence was finally granted in 1964. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More...
In the News

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Peace Council Head

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Afghan president and the head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani in his home. A Taliban spokesman said the killing was the culmination of a careful plot to gain access to Rabbani by feigning interest in peace negotiations. The suicide attack was clearly meant to derail peace negotiations, but President Hamid Karzai insists that his government will continue on the path toward reconciliation. More...
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