Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

self-seeking

Definition:(noun) Taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others.
Synonyms:opportunism, self-interest, expedience
Usage: He had one devoted friend at least, and he had conquered one soul in the world that was neither rudimentary nor tainted with self-seeking.
Article of the Day

Pillar-Saints

The Pillar-Saints, or stylites, were Christian ascetics who preached while living atop pillars—sometimes for decades at a time. One of the first such stylites, if not the first, was Simeon the Elder of Syria. Expelled from a monastery for excessive austerity, he stood on a column for more than 35 years until his death in 459. He was revered throughout the Christian world and attracted a following. What did Saint Alypius do when he could no longer stand on the pillar he had occupied for 53 years? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Rules in Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark US Supreme Court decision that led to the institution of the Miranda warning, a set of rights that police officers must read to arrestees. One of the petitioners in the case, Ernesto Miranda, had been convicted of rape in 1963 based on a confession he made while in police custody—without knowing he had a right to see a lawyer. He appealed, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. What happened when he was retried using evidence other than his confession? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Basil Rathbone (1892)

Rathbone was a British actor who made his film debut in the 1920s. With his distinctive voice and gaunt appearance, he was cast as a villain in several swashbuckling movies. He won praise for his roles in Romeo and Juliet and If I Were King, but he became best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of films beginning with 1939's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Why did his English family have to flee South Africa when he was just three years old? More...
Quotation of the Day
I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the offices, both private and public, of peace and war.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in a flutter

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (2017)

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional folk dancing. Another custom of the day is for a young man to present the girl he hopes to marry with a pot of basil concealing a verse or love letter. More...
In the News

Australian Coroner Says Dingo Did Take Baby

When 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from her tent while on a camping trip with her parents in the Australian Outback in 1980, they claimed a dingo—an Australian wild dog—had taken the baby. An initial inquest agreed, but a second investigation resulted in a murder charge for the infant's mother, Lindy Chamberlain. She was convicted in 1982 and served more than three years in prison before the decision was overturned. In 1995, a third inquest did not determine the cause of death. On Tuesday, a coroner seemingly brought the 32-year-old case to an end, concluding that a dingo did in fact take the baby. More...
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