Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

gainful

Definition:(adjective) Yielding a fair profit.
Synonyms:paying, paid
Usage: The lack of opportunities for gainful employment in the county after the lumber mill closed meant that many families had to apply for public assistance.
Article of the Day

Qadi

A qadi is a Muslim judge who renders decisions according to Sharia, the canon law of Islam. Although his jurisdiction extends to civil and criminal matters, the qadi typically hears only religious cases, such as those involving inheritance, marriage, and divorce. The first qadi was appointed in the 7th century by the second Muslim caliph, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, to help alleviate the burden of judging disputes that arose in the community. What are the qualifications for becoming a qadi? More...
This Day in History

The National Basketball Association Is Founded (1949)

Prior to 1949, there were two main rival basketball organizations in the US—the National Basketball League, which had been founded in 1937, and the Basketball Association of America, which had been founded nearly a decade later. They merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 and racially integrated the following year. In 1995, the NBA expanded to include two Canadian teams, and in 1996, a women's league was founded. What rule, instituted in 1954, encouraged more shooting? More...
Today's Birthday

Elisha Graves Otis (1811)

By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis's elevators? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

keep a cool head

To maintain a calm demeanor and think clearly in a difficult, stressful, or troubling situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi (2017)

The Hindu Ekadashi, or 11th-day fast, known as Putrada Ekadashi is observed primarily by parents who want to produce a son. A fast is observed, Vishnu is worshipped and meditated upon, and the Brahmans are fed and presented with robes and money. Fasting and piety on this day are believed to ensure the conception of a boy, especially for those who sleep in the same room where Vishnu has been worshipped. More...
In the News

Oxygen Molecule Observed in Space

Oxygen is the most abundant element on Earth, and its molecular form, composed of two oxygen atoms joined by a double bond, makes life on the planet possible. While individual oxygen atoms have previously been found in space, the existence of molecular oxygen in space had not been confirmed until now. Astronomers, suspecting that much of the oxygen in space is locked onto dust grains and incorporated into water ice and is more readily released in warmer, more turbulent areas, focused their attention on a star-forming region of the Orion constellation. It was there that the Herschel Space Observatory detected molecular oxygen. More...
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