Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

retrograde

Definition:(adjective) Tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating.
Synonyms:deteriorating, backward, regressive, retrogressive
Usage: It would be a retrograde step to revert to the old system.
Article of the Day

Catharism

The Cathars were members of a Christian sect that flourished in France in the 12th and 13th centuries. Because most adherents believed in reincarnation—as opposed to resurrection—as a way of reaching the pure spirit realm, the Roman Catholic Church regarded the sect as heretical and launched the Albigensian Crusade to crush the movement. In one account of a massacre of some 20,000 Cathars, one of the crusade's commanders is asked how to tell Cathars from Catholics. What was his famous reply? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher Escapes Assassination Attempt (1984)

In 1984, five people were killed and over 30 injured when a bomb tore through a hotel in Brighton, England, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying for a conference. The bomb had been planted weeks earlier by a Provisional Irish Republican Army operative. Though Thatcher's suite was damaged, she was uninjured. She attended the conference that morning as scheduled, and her popularity soared. How did attendees replace their destroyed clothes in time for the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. (1710)

The only colonial governor to side with the colonists in the American Revolution, Trumbull made Connecticut a principal source of supplies for the Continental army. It is said that the name "Brother Jonathan," a humorous designation for the American people collectively, arose from an affectionate nickname George Washington gave to Trumbull during the war. How did Trumbull reply to a request for assistance from British General Thomas Gage after the Battles of Lexington and Concord? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me a hard case to make slaves of those whom God and nature have made free.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

like rats abandoning a sinking ship

With great haste and having only personal well-being in mind. (Typically said of people who begin abandoning something or someone that is failing or about to fail.) More...
Today's Holiday

Shemini Atzeret (2017)

Shemini Atzeret, or "eighth day of solemn assembly," is actually the eighth day of the festival of Sukkot, but it is celebrated as a separate holiday dedicated to the love of God. The second day of Shemini Atzeret is known as Simhat Torah and is also celebrated separately by Orthodox and Conservative Jews. Most Reform Jews celebrate Shemini Atzeret concurrently with Simhat Torah. It is also one of four Jewish holidays on which the Yizkor, or memorial rite for the dead, is observed. The other three are Yom Kippur, the second day of Shavuot, and the last day of Passover. More...
In the News

Antibiotic History of a Hospital Bed May Increase a Patient's Risk of Infection

If the previous occupant of a hospital bed received antibiotics, the next patient who uses that bed may be at higher risk for a severe form of infectious diarrhea, according to a new study. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) diarrhea causes 27,000 deaths ... More...
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