Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

rubicund

Definition:(adjective) Inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life.
Synonyms:ruddy, sanguine, florid
Usage: "Please your honor," answered the drum-major, whose rubicund visage had lost all its color, "the fault is none of mine."
Article of the Day

Summa Theologica

Summa Theologica was the first Christian attempt at a comprehensive theological system. Written by Thomas Aquinas—a 13th-century philosopher and a principal saint of the Catholic Church—it is a compendium of all the main teachings of the Church for the "instruction of beginners." It addresses a range of topics including God, the creation of the world, morality, and the life of Christ. Though incomplete, Summa Theologica is Aquinas's most important work. About how many pages is it? More...
This Day in History

NASDAQ Stock Market Begins Trading (1971)

When the NASDAQ stock exchange began trading in 1971, it was the world's first electronic stock market. Founded in New York by the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASDAQ initially existed as computer bulletin board system that did not yet connect buyers and sellers. Today, it lists more companies and has more trading volume than any other US electronic stock exchange. In 2007, NASDAQ acquired the oldest stock exchange in America for $652 million. Which exchange did NASDAQ buy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828)

Verne was a French novelist credited with originating the modern genre of science fiction. Early on, he was interested in theater and wrote librettos for operas. Later, he drew upon his knowledge of science and geography to write romances of extraordinary journeys, which quickly became very popular. He wrote more than 50 books in his lifetime, including A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. One of his books explores a five-week journey by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

hurler on the ditch

A person who offers unsolicited criticism or advice about something in which he or she is not an active participant. Taken from the sport of hurling, a player of which is a hurler. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Yaya Matsuri (2017)

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first five days in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More...
In the News

Peanut Allergy Trial Success

When it comes to food allergies, peanut allergies are the most deadly, but perhaps not for long. A clinical trial involving 85 children with peanut allergies successfully increased the tolerance of 84% to five peanuts a day after six months. At the start of the trial, participants were given a daily dose of peanut protein powder equivalent to one 70th of a peanut, too little to initiate an allergic reaction. Over the course of the study, the dose was slowly increased under careful medical observation, desensitizing most of the children to small amounts of peanuts. More...
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