Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

callow

Definition:(adjective) Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.
Synonyms:unfledged
Usage: Although he is 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
Article of the Day

Sino-Roman Relations

Indirect contact between the Roman and Chinese empires began around the 2nd century BCE, when the Han Dynasty undertook westward expeditions and found other cultures. By 100 CE, Han ambassadors had tried to reach Rome itself. Ptolemy's Geographia, written circa 150 CE, contains references to China. In 166, Roman ambassadors finally made direct contact with China, and Roman soldiers are rumored to have settled there. Why did the Roman Senate try to prohibit the wearing of Chinese silk? More...
This Day in History

Saddam Hussein Is Executed (2006)

During his presidency of Iraq from 1979 to 2003, Hussein instituted a brutal dictatorship, launching wars against Iran and Kuwait and directing campaigns against Iraqi minorities, particularly the Kurds. After an Anglo-American force invaded Iraq in 2003 and drove him from power, he spent several months in hiding but was captured by US forces. In 2006, the Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. What hobby did Hussein take up while in prison awaiting execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Bo Diddley (1928)

Diddley was a pioneering African-American rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known for his pounding signature beat, guitar effects, and jive talk, and he was a powerful influence on generations of rockers, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Nicknamed after the single-stringed folk instrument called a diddley bow, he studied the violin at his Baptist Church in Chicago and began performing in South Side clubs, playing what unique type of guitar? More...
Quotation of the Day
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

end (something) on a high note

To finish, complete, or leave (something) at a successful, impressive, or climactic point. More...
Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2016)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
In the News

Healthcare Workers as Unhealthy as the Rest of Us

People expect healthcare professionals to be paragons of healthy living, but it appears that this is simply not the case. Phone surveys reveal that people whose jobs involve direct patient care are just as likely as anyone else to smoke, be overweight, and avoid dental visits. In fact, in certain respects, healthcare workers are more neglectful of their own health than those outside the industry. Female healthcare workers over 50, for example, are less likely to have had a recent mammogram than other women their age. Still, healthcare workers are more conscientious about a few things, including going for medical checkups, exercising, and refraining from heavy drinking. More...
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