Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

malinger

Definition:(verb) To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
Synonyms:skulk
Usage: To make sure that employees do not malinger, the boss insists that all workers submit a doctor's note when they return to work after calling in sick.
Article of the Day

The Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used dating system in the world. It replaced the Julian calendar in 1582, following a decree by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom it is named. In the Julian system, an inaccuracy in the measurement of the solar year caused the calendar dates of the seasons to regress almost one day per century. By Gregory's time, the Julian calendar was 10 days out of sync. To bring the vernal equinox—and thus Easter—back to its proper date, 10 days were dropped. Which ten? More...
This Day in History

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed for Aiding Allied Soldiers (1915)

An English nurse, Cavell was working to improve the nursing standards at a Brussels hospital when World War I broke out. After Germany occupied Belgium, she became involved with an underground group that helped about 200 Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands. In 1915, she was arrested by the German occupation authorities and court-martialed. Despite diplomatic pressure on Germany, she was executed and became a celebrated martyr of the Allies. What reportedly went wrong at the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar (2018)

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or "big heads"—grotesque puppets with huge heads. More...
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