Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

comforter

Definition:(noun) A person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies.
Synonyms:allayer, reliever
Usage: She indeed veiled her grief and strove to act the comforter to us all.
Article of the Day

The Problem of Evil

The "problem of evil" is the philosophical and theological dilemma of how to reconcile the existence of evil with the idea of an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient deity. Some philosophers argue that the existence of such a God and of evil are logically incompatible. Others say that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of evil, that suffering is necessary for spiritual growth, or that evil is the consequence of a fallen world. What is the "problem of good"? More...
This Day in History

Volvo Car Company Founded (1927)

In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson, sales manager at the Swedish ball-bearing manufacturer SKF, and engineer Gustaf Larson decided to build an automobile that could withstand Sweden's rough roads and harsh climate. Their first car—nicknamed "Jakob"—rolled off the line on April 14, 1927, which Volvo considers its founding date. The following year, they created a truck that was immediately popular and contributed to the company's early success. The name Volvo is Latin, not Swedish, and means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Julie Frances Christie (1941)

Christie is a British actress who became an icon of the 1960s "Swinging London" era. Just four years after she made her film debut, she won an Academy Award for her performance in Darling (1965). Throughout the course of her long career, she has been notoriously selective about the roles she accepts and has appeared in such notable films as Dr. Zhivago and Hamlet. After resisting the idea of marriage for many years, Christie finally married for the first time at what age? More...
Quotation of the Day
Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in a pig's ear

An exclamation of emphatic denial, dissent, or disbelief of something. Likely a variant of "in a pig's eye," meaning the same. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Bisket Jatra (2017)

The festival of the new year in Nepal is celebrated with exchanges of greetings and in some areas with ritual bathing. The most important celebration is Bisket Jatra, which means the "festival after the death of the serpent." In Bhaktapur, the new year is celebrated by parading images of gods in chariots. The main attraction of the festival is the erection of a ceremonial pole—a lingam or phallic symbol. This is a peeled tree trunk as much as 80 feet in length that is erected using bamboo and heavy ropes while crowds watch. On New Year's Day, the pole is torn down. More...
In the News

Mexicans Work Longest Hours

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a study of 29 industrialized countries revealed that Mexicans work longer days than anyone else, laboring for 10 hours a day on average in both paid and unpaid capacities, the latter involving domestic tasks like cooking and cleaning. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the Belgians, who apparently work the least, just seven hours each day, an hour less than the average found in most of the other countries involved in the study. More...
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