Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

baseless

Definition:(adjective) Having no basis or foundation in fact.
Synonyms:groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, idle, wild
Usage: The governor has released a statement calling the reports of corruption completely baseless and without merit.
Article of the Day

Hildegard von Bingen

A 12th-century German abbess and visionary mystic, von Bingen reportedly began experiencing visions in childhood and eventually recorded three collections of revelations. After founding a convent, she became known as the "Sibyl of the Rhine," and her advice was sought by Europe’s most powerful. Her other works include a morality play, a book of saints' lives, scientific treatises, and lyrical poems set to melodies she composed. Long regarded a saint, she has never been canonized for what reason? More...
This Day in History

Muhammad Ali Becomes Wali of Egypt (1805)

Four years after Ali, an Ottoman army commander, helped drive Napoleon from Ottoman-ruled Egypt, he was named wali—governor—of Egypt. He helped modernize Egypt and attempted to secure its independence. Though unsuccessful, his efforts established his progeny as the rulers of Egypt and Sudan for nearly 150 years and rendered Egypt a de facto independent state. He is thus considered one of the fathers of modern Egypt. How did Ali trick Egypt's Mamluk leaders into walking into a massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Hopper was an American film actor. He appeared in two films with James Dean in the 1950s but achieved fame of his own after directing and starring in 1969's Easy Rider. His career foundered in the 70s, but important roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) helped him revitalize his career in the 80s and 90s. In addition to acting, he was a noted artist. In 1983, he checked into rehab shortly after performing what daredevil stunt involving dynamite? More...
Quotation of the Day
How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in (one's) dotage

In a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2017)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. On the next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

Speech Patterns Affect Power of Persuasion

People's speech patterns—the speed at which they speak, how frequently they pause, and how much they vary their pitch—influence how others perceive them and respond to requests. People were most willing to participate in a phone survey when their interviewer spoke moderately quickly—at a pace of about 3.5 words per second—was not too animated, and paused four or five times a minute. Speaking too quickly is often seen as a sign of deceitfulness, while speakers who fail to pause are perceived as too scripted and those who are highly animated are perceived as artificial. More...
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