Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

disqualify

Definition:(verb) Make unfit or unsuitable.
Synonyms:indispose
Usage: Timmy's dream of joining the Air Force was shattered when he learned that his color blindness would disqualify him.
Article of the Day

Secularism

The term "secularism" was first used by British writer George Holyoake in the mid-19th century to denote the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs. Though he was agnostic, Holyoake wrote that he did not seek to discredit religion or deny the existence of a higher power; rather, he aimed to promote the notion that secular knowledge offers its own form of guidance rooted in testable life experience. What did he offer as secularism's three essential principles? More...
This Day in History

Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor known for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot and attained what military rank? More...
Quotation of the Day
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Armed Forces Day (United States) (2017)

Before President President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the major branches of the United States armed forces held celebrations on different days in the year. The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote their unification under the Department of Defense and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces. In addition to the parade held in New York City, the armed forces often hold "open houses" to acquaint the public with their facilities and the latest technological advances. More...
In the News

Restaurants Ruinous for Waistlines

Fast food has gotten a bad rap, but regular restaurant fare fares no better when it comes to nutritional value. In fact, researchers found that meals from small US restaurants are 18 percent more caloric than comparable dishes from chain restaurants, and Canadian eateries follow a similar trend. It is typical for patrons of such establishments to unwittingly consume nearly a full day's worth of calories and fat as well as one and a half times the recommended daily salt intake in a single meal. More...
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