Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

cerebrate

Definition:(verb) Use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments.
Synonyms:cogitate, think
Usage: As they surveyed the damage, Jonathan did not ask his father how he would fix the tree house, instead allowing him stare and cerebrate in silence.
Article of the Day

The Greatest Bridge-Maker

The pontifex maximus was the highest priest of Roman religion and the official head of the college of pontifices. As the chief administrator of religious affairs, he regulated the conduct of religious ceremonies, consecrated temples and other holy places, and controlled the calendar. During the time of the empire, and until Christianity became firmly established, the emperor was designated pontifex maximus. What religious leaders assumed the title after the rise of Christianity? More...
This Day in History

Apple Lisa Launched (1983)

In 1983, after five years of development, Apple released the Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface. Although the Lisa was a commercial failure—due in part to its initial price tag of $9,995—it had a significant impact on the computer industry. It is often rumored to have been named after the first daughter of Apple's Steve Jobs, though several acronyms have been ascribed to the name. What project did Jobs join after being forced out of the Lisa project? More...
Today's Birthday

James Watt (1736)

A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none: if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

home, James (, and don't spare the horses)

A humorous directive for a driver to take one home directly and without delay. More...
Today's Holiday

Bonfim Festival (Festa do Bonfim) (2017)

There is a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, known as Our Lord of the Happy Ending (bonfim). Today during the Bonfim Festival, hundreds of Brazilian women dress in the traditional white dresses of colonial Bahia and form a procession to the church. The bahianas balance jars of water, scented with blossoms, on their heads. The washing of the steps at Bonfim Basilica on the second Thursday after Epiphany is the highlight of the festival. More...
In the News

Balanced Diet Really Is Brain Food

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins B, C, D, and E and omega-3 fatty acids could help prevent brain shrinkage in the elderly and preserve mental acuity. In a recent study, researchers took blood samples from 104 healthy people whose average age was 87, administered tests of memory and thinking skills, and performed brain scans on 42 of the participants to assess brain volume. They found that those with the highest vitamin and omega-3 levels performed better on the cognitive tests and had larger brain volume than those with the lowest levels, while those with high levels of trans fats in their blood had the poorest test scores and smaller brain volumes. More...
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