Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

contrivance

Definition:(noun) An elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient.
Synonyms:stratagem, plan, design, measure, scheme, trick, plot, dodge, expedient, ruse, artifice, machination
Usage: This "shortage" is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
Article of the Day

Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. It is named for the Mojave tribe of Native Americans, who made it their home. It is also home to the world's largest Joshua tree forest and the third-tallest dunes in North America, the 600-foot-high Kelso Dunes. The desert's Death Valley, the lowest, hottest, driest area of North America, has recorded some of the world's highest air temperatures. What is the Mojave's largest city? More...
This Day in History

The Moscow Victory Parade of 1945 (1945)

A month and a half after Nazi Germany surrendered to the USSR, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin ordered a celebratory parade through Moscow's Red Square. Thousands of troops from different regiments and fronts participated, accompanied by tanks and other military equipment. At one point, war veterans memorably threw down hundreds of Nazi banners at the foot of Lenin's mausoleum. According to legend, Stalin had initially planned to participate in the parade but changed his mind after what accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint John of the Cross (1542)

Saint John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic, poet, and monastic reformer. A Carmelite monk, he was ordained a priest in 1567. The following year, he joined St. Teresa of Ávila in her effort to restore the Carmelites to their original austerity, cofounding the Discalced Carmelite order. He opened the first Discalced Carmelite monastery in 1569 and was imprisoned in 1577 for causing friction within the order. He escaped and later won high office in the order. What did he write while in prison? More...
Quotation of the Day
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

in the next breath

(especially when speaking) In or at the very next moment or opportunity; in a very short space of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Juhannus (2017)

Juhannus is a celebration in Finland of the Summer Solstice and of the feast of St. John. People celebrate at the lake shores where they build bonfires and dance all night. Since this is near the longest day of the year, special late performances are held at open-air theaters in many towns. There are also dances at hotels. Many customs are remnants of pagan times. Birch tree branches are brought into the homes to insure future happiness. Even buses and office buildings are adorned with birch branches. As Finland's Flag Day, Juhannus is also a national holiday. More...
In the News

Tanning Appears Addictive

That "healthy glow" many love has proved to be less than healthy—the link between excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure and skin cancer is well established—so why do they continue to tan? One possibility is that they are addicts. Researchers found that chronic exposure to UV radiation triggers the release of endorphins, so-called feel-good hormones, in mice. The regular exposure leads to physical dependence so strong that the animals exhibit withdrawal symptoms like shaking, tremors, and teeth chattering when those endorphins are blocked. Mice and humans have a similar biological response to UV exposure, meaning that tanning may be similarly addictive in people. More...
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