Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

toreador

Definition:(noun) Someone who fights bulls.
Synonyms:bullfighter
Usage: The toreador stepped out of the path of the charging bull at the last possible moment, drawing cheers from the spectators.
Article of the Day

The Tabernacle

According to the Torah, the Tabernacle was the portable sanctuary of the Hebrews, constructed to specifications revealed to Moses by God and used during the Hebrews' desert wanderings after the exodus from Egypt. In 957 BCE, during the reign of King Solomon, it was replaced by the Temple of Jerusalem as a sign that God had given his people rest from their wandering. Elaborately described in the Bible, it was divided into an outer room and an inner room, the Holy of Holies, which housed what? More...
This Day in History

William and Mary Proclaimed Co-Rulers of England (1689)

King William III and Queen Mary II were joint monarchs of England. Married in 1677, they were called to the throne by Parliament after King James II—Mary's father—fled the country during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. To end the revolution, William and Mary signed the English Bill of Rights, which barred any future Catholic succession to the throne and began a new cooperation between Parliament and monarchs, leading to greater democracy. What effect did this have on the colonies in America? More...
Today's Birthday

Grant Wood (1891)

Wood was an American artist famous for painting scenes from the rural Midwest that feature austere people and stylized landscapes. Born in Iowa, Wood traveled to Europe in the 1920s and was exposed to the late medieval primitive painting style that would later influence his own art. One of the best-known icons of American art, his American Gothic features a stern Midwestern farmer holding a pitchfork and a woman who is often assumed to be the farmer's wife but is not. Who is she? More...
Quotation of the Day
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

grammar Nazi

Someone who insists on correcting or criticizing others for errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax, especially to a pedantic or self-righteous degree. Potentially offensive due to its reference to the fascist National Socialist German Workers' Party, which was brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler. More...
Today's Holiday

Parentalia (2017)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More...
In the News

No Good Comes of Spanking

In 20 years of studies on corporal punishment, not a single one found that it had any long-term positive outcomes on children. Instead, the data showed that physical punishment makes kids more aggressive and antisocial and can cause long-term developmental damage. Many of the studies also linked physical punishment to substance abuse and mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Thirty-two countries have already passed laws banning corporal punishment of children, and the study authors hope that their findings will prompt others to follow suit. More...
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