Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

ardor

Definition:(noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Synonyms:fervency, fire
Usage: He spoke with great ardor at the rally, inspiring the crowd with his passionate words.
Article of the Day

The Sana'a Manuscripts

In 1972, workers renovating the Great Mosque of Sana'a in Yemen uncovered old parchments. Unaware that among them was one of the oldest Qur'anic manuscripts in existence, the workers packed the documents into potato sacks and left them on a staircase of one of the mosque's minarets. Fortunately, the president of the Yemeni Antiquities Authority realized the potential importance of the find, now known as the Sana'a Manuscripts. What mystery has close examination of the documents raised? More...
This Day in History

William and Mary Proclaimed Co-Rulers of England (1689)

King William III and Queen Mary II were joint monarchs of England. Married in 1677, they were called to the throne by Parliament after King James II—Mary's father—fled the country during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. To end the revolution, William and Mary signed the English Bill of Rights, which barred any future Catholic succession to the throne and began a new cooperation between Parliament and monarchs, leading to greater democracy. What effect did this have on the colonies in America? More...
Today's Birthday

Grant Wood (1891)

Wood was an American artist famous for painting scenes from the rural Midwest that feature austere people and stylized landscapes. Born in Iowa, Wood traveled to Europe in the 1920s and was exposed to the late medieval primitive painting style that would later influence his own art. One of the best-known icons of American art, his American Gothic features a stern Midwestern farmer holding a pitchfork and a woman who is often assumed to be the farmer's wife but is not. Who is she? More...
Quotation of the Day
Live all you can - it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

grammar Nazi

Someone who insists on correcting or criticizing others for errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax, especially to a pedantic or self-righteous degree. Potentially offensive due to its reference to the fascist National Socialist German Workers' Party, which was brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler. More...
Today's Holiday

Parentalia (2017)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More...
In the News

Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children

In 2002, Belgium became one of the few countries in the world to legalize euthanasia, and now, 12 years later, it is set to become only the second to extend the right to die to children and the first to do so with no age restrictions. The Belgian bill, passed by the Senate in December and being voted on by the House of Representatives today, would give all terminally ill minors "with a capacity of discernment" who are "conscious at the moment of the request" and "in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased" the right to seek to end their lives. More...
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