Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 2, 2011)
Word of the Day

layperson

Definition:(noun) Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.
Synonyms:secular
Usage: Many religious doctrines bar the average layperson from conducting certain rites and rituals that are reserved for ordained clergy.
Article of the Day

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah Churchill was one of the most influential women in British history. A childhood friend of Queen Anne, she served as a lady of the bedchamber after Anne's marriage, and when Anne acceded to the throne in 1702, Sarah enjoyed great favor at court along with her husband, the duke of Marlborough. She was a strong-willed woman and her influence grew until her Whig sympathies alienated Anne, who dismissed her in 1711. Who are a few of her famous descendents? More...
This Day in History

First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Chain Reaction Is Demonstrated (1942)

Constructed under an abandoned stand of bleachers at the University of Chicago, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor was little more than a pile of uranium and graphite bricks. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. The first successful demonstration lasted 28 minutes and was a milestone in the history of physics. What code phrase did scientists use to convey the reactor's success to government officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Callas (1923)

An internationally known Greek-American opera star, Callas was celebrated less for her voice than for her electrifying stage presence and mastery of difficult roles. Her career blossomed in the 1940s. Offstage, her fiery temperament, dramatic love life, and demanding personality earned her the reputation of a consummate diva. During her media-fueled rivalry with soprano Renata Tebaldi in the 1950s, Callas was quoted as saying that comparing her to Tebaldi was like comparing what two things? More...
Quotation of the Day
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

(with) kind regards

A common, semi-formal valediction (used to say farewell at the end of a letter or other written message; also known as a complimentary close) expressing well wishes to the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade (2017)

Yakima Valley, Washington, has taken a conventional tradition—the Christmas parade—and added an interesting twist. The Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which takes place in the town of Sunnyside, showcases as many as 70 farm vehicles decorated with hundreds—sometimes thousands—of lights. Entries in the ceremony include tractors, combines, grape pickers, semi-trucks with flatbeds, and even horse-drawn floats. Other activities that accompany the celebration are a breakfast with Santa and Christmas caroling. More...
In the News

Working Moms Multitasking More than Men at Home

US women, working mothers in particular, spend many more hours multitasking in the home than men, despite the fact that they tend to find multitasking to be more stressful. Overall, mothers in dual-income families were found to spend a total of 48.3 hours each week multitasking in the home. Fathers, meanwhile, spent only 38.9 hours doing so—a difference of nearly 10 hours. Furthermore, the jobs women took on at home were generally more physically demanding than those their partners undertook. More...
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