Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

gleeful

Definition:(adjective) Full of high-spirited delight.
Synonyms:elated, joyful, jubilant
Usage: As he spoke his boyish face was wreathed in a gleeful smile, and his voice had an exultant ring.
Article of the Day

Sanctuary Lamps

In Christianity, a sanctuary lamp is a flame or lamp, usually red, placed in a prominent position in the sanctuary of a church. When lit, it indicates the presence of the Blessed Sacrament—the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. In Judaism, the sanctuary lamp is known by its Hebrew name, ner tamid, which means "eternal light" or "eternal flame." In a synagogue or temple, the ner tamid hangs above the ark containing the Torah scrolls and is never allowed to go out. How is this achieved? More...
This Day in History

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice while living at "Steventon," her father's Hampshire vicarage where she spent the first 25 years of her life. However, the book was not published until much later—in 1813, four years before her death. Like Austen's other novels, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners that depicts the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. In 2003, the novel placed second in a BBC poll for the "UK's Best-Loved Book." What book came first? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rubinstein (1887)

Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist whose enormous popularity spanned many decades. He debuted in 1900 and performed with moderate success until the 1930s, when he stopped performing for five years to improve his technique and reemerged as a giant of 20th-century music, active into his 80s. In the US, he was equally noted as soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranged from Bach to 20th-century Spanish composers, but he was particularly noted for his interpretation of what composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over nature.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

hot tip

A piece of advice or information that is timely and helpful, especially if acted upon quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Chinese New Year Day (2017)

The Lunar New Year is the most important and the longest of all Chinese festivals, celebrated by Chinese communities throughout the world. The eve of the new year is the high point of the festival when family members return home to honor their ancestors and enjoy a great feast. On the first day of the new year, household doors are thrown open to let good luck enter. Dragon and lion dances are performed, and there are acrobatic demonstrations and much beating of gongs. An ancient custom is giving little red packets of money called hung-pao or lai see to children. More...
In the News

Long Days at Office Double Depression Risk

Longer workdays appear to significantly increase depression risk, particularly for junior and mid-level employees. A study of British civil servants finds that those who average at least 11 hours a day at the office are about two and a half times more likely to develop depression than those who work an average of seven to eight hours. The findings are consistent with previous research on overtime and depression; however, experts are surprised by the extent to which depression risk is increased. More...
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