Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

pitiless

Definition:(adjective) Without mercy or pity.
Synonyms:remorseless, ruthless
Usage: He looked into the pitiless eyes of his enemy and knew then that this would be a fight to the death.
Article of the Day

Gymnosophists

The word "gymnasium" comes from a Greek word meaning "to exercise naked." Its root, gumnos, meaning "naked," is also found in "gymnosophist." The gymnosophists were members of an ancient Hindu ascetic sect devoted to mystical contemplation. They wore little to no clothing, as they regarded it as detrimental to purity of thought. What Greek philosopher known as the founder of pure skepticism came under the influence of the gymnosophists while traveling to India with Alexander the Great? More...
This Day in History

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Published (1925)

Considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a devastating critique of the American Dream and materialism at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a bootlegger, Jay Gatsby, whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Today used as required reading in many high schools, the book has been cited as the paragon of the Great American Novel. Why did Fitzgerald dislike the title, and what did he want to call his novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo Grotius (1583)

Grotius was a Dutch jurist, philosopher, and writer. He enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of 11 and became a lawyer at 15. Among his key legal treatises is the first definitive text on international law, On the Law of War and Peace, which prescribes rules for the conduct of war and advances the idea that nations are bound by natural law. In 1615, he became involved in a religious controversy that extended to politics and was eventually imprisoned. How did he escape? More...
Quotation of the Day
The skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

I'd say

In my opinion; it is my estimation that. More...
Today's Holiday

Passover (2017)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and by Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Bumpier Flights in Our Future

If researchers are right about the future of turbulence, it may be time to invest in Dramamine and barf bags. A new study on climate change and atmospheric turbulence concludes that over the next four decades the amount of transatlantic airspace containing significant turbulence will likely double. The average strength of this turbulence, meanwhile, will increase between 10% and 40%. Researchers based their calculations on current projections for future carbon dioxide emissions. More...
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