Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

fervency

Definition:(noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Synonyms:ardor, fire
Usage: She spoke about the shelter with so much fervency that you could not help but develop a similar passion for the cause.
Article of the Day

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi is a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic focused on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, concepts derived from Buddhist beliefs about the nature of existence. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, and intimacy—all of which are aspects perceived in nature. What type of art forms are derived from the wabi-sabi aesthetic? More...
This Day in History

Louis XVI of France Is Guillotined (1793)

Louis XVI was the king of France during the complex sociopolitical conflict that culminated in the French Revolution, but he was shy, dull, and corpulent and lacked the leadership skills necessary for the job. During the revolution, he was caught attempting to flee the Tuileries palace in disguise, and when proof of his counterrevolutionary actions emerged, he was tried for treason and beheaded. It is said that while his blood dripped to the ground, many in the crowd ran forward to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

John Bodkin Adams (1899)

Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor? More...
Quotation of the Day
So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (Dominican Republic) (2017)

A cloth painting of the Virgin Mary is the focus of a yearly celebration in the Dominican Republic. It was painted by a Spanish artist and brought to the island nation in the early 1500s. The portrait, crowned by a gold and silver tiara by Pope John Paul II in 1978, is located in a basilica in the city of Higuey, in the Altagracia province. Every year on January 21, thousands of pilgrims visit the Higuey cathedral to worship. The feast day is a national holiday; it is marked by all-night church services, singing, dancing, and festivals in many Dominican towns. More...
In the News

Video Game Addiction in Schoolchildren

In a two-year study of schoolchildren in Singapore, nearly ten percent of participants were classified as video game addicts. The study also found that those who became addicted reported increasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and social phobia. Critics of the study note that video game addiction is not currently an accepted diagnosis among mental health professionals and that this study may be measuring preoccupation with gaming and not addiction. Still, experts recommend that parents try to give their kids educational rather than violent video games, encourage playing in groups, and limit children's time in front of computers or televisions to two hours a day. More...
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