Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

jollity

Definition:(noun) A jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
Synonyms:joviality
Usage: The genial festival of Christmas ... lights up the fireside of home with mirth and jollity.
Article of the Day

Shirk

In Islam, shirk refers to the sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism—worshipping anyone or anything other than Allah, the singular God of Islam. Though shirk is always considered a sin, Islamic law distinguishes different grades of it, with the most serious being polytheism. Instances of lesser shirk include superstition, belief in the power of created things—such as reverencing saints—and seeking any who profess to know the future. What does shirk mean in Arabic? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836)

In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war. What short-lived independent nation did they establish that year? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Theodor Jaspers (1883)

Jaspers was a German philosopher and psychopathologist often identified as an exponent of existentialism, although he rejected this classification. In his magnum opus, Philosophy, he argued that the aim of philosophy is practical and that its purpose is the fulfillment of human existence. He believed illumination is achieved through the experience of "limit situations" like conflict, guilt, and suffering, which define the human condition. What forced him to give up his teaching career? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. More...
Today's Holiday

Brunei National Day (2017)

Brunei is an independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in the Malay Archipelago; it is officially named Brunei Darussalam. It had been a British protectorate since 1888. The sultanate gained independence in 1984 and observes its National Day each year on February 23. Many people prepare months in advance to participate in colorful crowd formations, a favorite National Day event, and prayer services take place at mosques around the officially Muslim country. More...
In the News

Jet Stream Shift Could Influence Weather Patterns

Weather patterns around the globe appear to be changing, and in North America and Northern Europe the jet stream may at least be partly to blame. The jet stream—a high-speed, meandering wind current—over these continents has become wavier in recent decades, resulting in longer periods of the same weather. Meteorologists speculate that warmer temperatures in the Arctic could be to blame, as the jet stream is fueled in part by the temperature differential between the Arctic and middle latitudes. More...
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