Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

drachm

Definition:(noun) A unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce.
Synonyms:fluidram
Usage: She measured out a drachm of the sweet-smelling elixir and administered it to the ailing child.
Article of the Day

Saint Symbology

Plants, animals, and various symbolic objects have been featured in artistic depictions of Christian saints throughout history. Called attributes or emblems, these symbols—often held in the hands of the saints themselves—represent the exemplary nature of the saints' lives. In the early days of Christianity, when many of the faithful were illiterate, these attributes made religious scenes and saints easily identifiable. Beheaded third century martyr Saint Denis is often depicted carrying what? More...
This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Baker (1903)

Though Baker was not as well known as some of the other leaders of the US civil rights movement, she spent more than 50 years as a behind-the-scenes activist. Baker grew up in rural North Carolina listening to her grandmother's stories about slavery. After college, she moved to New York City and became involved in social justice activism. She worked with student groups, political organizations, and religious coalitions to facilitate collective action. What prompted her to protest against Italy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Their zeal might sometimes be too ardent, but it was always sincere.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

on the leading edge

Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucy's Day (2017)

According to tradition, St. Lucy, or Santa Lucia, was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in the third or fourth century. Her day is widely celebrated in Sweden as Luciadagen, which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. It is traditional to observe Luciadagen by dressing the oldest daughter in the family in a white robe tied with a crimson sash. Candles are set into her crown, which is covered with lingonberry leaves. The "Lucia Bride" wakens each member of the household on the morning of December 13 with a tray of coffee and special saffron buns or ginger cookies. More...
In the News

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking. "This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory ... More...
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