Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

unblemished

Definition:(adjective) Free from physical or moral spots or stains.
Synonyms:unmarred, unmutilated
Usage: His unblemished reputation as a man of honor and principle follows him wherever he goes.
Article of the Day

The Number of the Beast

According to the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible, the Number of the Beast is a numeral associated with an unspecified creature of evil. Though some believe that the beast itself is Satan, the biblical language is vague enough to have led to numerous other interpretations, such as the theory that the number actually represents the Roman emperor Nero. Most translations of the Bible render the number as 666, but many scholars believe that earlier translations cite what other number? More...
This Day in History

The Arab League Is Founded (1945)

The League of Arab States was formed in 1945 to give unified political expression to Arab nations and to foster the regional economy. It originally consisted of seven member states and has since grown to include 22. Member states collaborate on cultural, economic, and social programs and have agreed to coordinate military defense measures. They also use the league as a forum for mediating disputes. Where is the Arab League's headquarters located? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599)

Apprenticed to a Flemish painter at age 10, van Dyck soon came under the influence of master painter Peter Paul Rubens. In 1632, he was invited by Charles I to England, where he was made court painter and knighted. Overwhelmed with commissions, van Dyck employed a team of assistants to help complete his portraits, many of which can be seen in the Louvre, the Museo del Prado, and Buckingham Palace. His works influenced generations of portraitists. What king employed van Dyck before Charles I did? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) number on it

To be considered the agent or instrument of one's fate, especially leading to death. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2017)

In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

UK Physicians Commonly Prescribe Placebos

Placebos are apparently commonplace in the practice of medicine. A poll of general practitioners in the UK reveals that nearly all have, at one time or another, recommended a placebo pill or treatment to a patient, and three-quarters regularly do so. Though the practice can benefit some patients, as the simple expectation of improvement may be enough to make them feel better, not all placebos are inert. For example, many of those surveyed said they have prescribed antibiotics—which can cause a number of side effects—to patients with suspected viral infections. As such, it is important that doctors use caution when prescribing placebo treatments. More...
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