Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

groggy

Definition:(adjective) Stunned or confused and slow to react (as from blows or drunkenness or exhaustion).
Synonyms:foggy, logy, stuporous, dazed
Usage: Groggy from lack of sleep, Elena walked right into a kitchen chair while stumbling toward the coffee pot.
Article of the Day

The Peshitta

Written in the Syriac language—a form of Aramaic—the Peshitta is the Bible used by Syriac Christians. Its Old Testament is said to be a direct translation from the ancient Hebrew, unlike other modern Bibles, which have been translated from Greek or Latin. Because the New Testament of the Peshitta has remained in Aramaic for so long, Syriac Christians believe it may be more accurate than versions that have undergone more translations and revisions. What does "Peshitta" mean? More...
This Day in History

Singapore Is Expelled from Malaysia (1965)

After more than a century of British rule, Singapore gained independence in 1959. Four years later, it joined with nearby territories to form Malaysia. However, racial and economic tensions arose, and two years later, the Malaysian parliament unanimously voted to expel Singapore. Despite being left unexpectedly autonomous with few defenses or natural resources, Singapore rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse. Still, it remains dependent on Malaysia for what one critical thing? More...
Today's Birthday

Izaak Walton (1593)

A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton's protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

the knacker's yard

A state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. More...
Today's Holiday

Singapore National Day (2017)

Singapore National Day is a public holiday in Singapore to commemorate its independence. Singapore was the administrative seat for the Straits Settlements, a British crown colony, from 1867 until it was occupied by Japan in World War II. It was restored to Britain in 1945, became a part of Malaysia in 1963, and became independent in 1965. The holiday is celebrated with a spectacular parade, cultural dances, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Cutting Violent Viewing Improves Kids' Sleep

Limiting preschoolers' exposure to violent videos and other mature media content can make bedtime go better. Researchers found that youngsters exposed to only non-violent and age-appropriate "healthy media" are about 20 percent less likely to have sleep problems than those allowed to view violent media. For about a year, kids of parents instructed to limit their children's media exposure to age-appropriate content had fewer sleep disruptions. By 18 months, however, problems began to reappear, perhaps because parents were becoming more lax in what they allowed their kids to watch. More...
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