Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

sophistry

Definition:(noun) A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.
Synonyms:sophism, sophistication
Usage: Though they had all been taken in by the argument, they later claimed to have secretly known that it was pure sophistry.
Article of the Day

Jerusalem Syndrome

Manifesting in Jews and Christians alike, Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which individuals experience religiously themed delusions while visiting Jerusalem. Seen as early as the Middle Ages, it is often marked by a desire to tour the city alone, an obsession with being clean, and the need to don a white gown. It sometimes culminates in the public delivery of a sermon. For what occasion in recent history did authorities fear a major spike in cases of Jerusalem syndrome? More...
This Day in History

Massachusetts Colonists Protest Tax with the Boston Tea Party (1773)

In 1773, American colonists led by Samuel Adams dressed as Native Americans and threw hundreds of chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbor. The action was taken to prevent the payment of a British tax on tea and to protest the British monopoly of the colonial tea trade authorized by the Tea Act. In retaliation, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, which further united the colonies against the British. What American founding father called for the cost of the tea to be repaid? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770)

One of the greatest composers of Western classical music, Beethoven was born to a musical family and was a precociously gifted pianist and violist. After nine years as a court musician, he moved to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn. There, he quickly won fame and renown as both a virtuoso and a composer. He went on to become the first major composer to be able to earn a living independently, without support from the church or court. Beethoven's deafness resulted in what unique historical record? More...
Quotation of the Day
How gladly would I meet
Mortality my sentence, and be earth
Insensible! how glad would lay me down
As in my mother's lap!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) fill (of something)

To have, consume, or experience as much (of something) as one desires or is able to. Often used in the present perfect tense ("have had one's fill"). More...
Today's Holiday

Bahrain National Day (2016)

Bahrain is a small country of islands in the Persian Gulf. After being a British protectorate for more than 100 years, Bahrain became independent in 1971. National Day is a legal holiday observed on December 16 with fireworks, laser shows, and acrobatic and magic performances. More...
In the News

The Gross Ingredient that Glowworms Use to Make Sticky Snares

Survival is a sticky situation for many in the animal world. The glowworm is no exception. These fly larvae, native to Australia and New Zealand, catch dinner by using their bioluminescent blue “butts” to lure insects into a hammock of sticky threads. Now, biologists ... More...
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