Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

charwoman

Definition:(noun) A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.
Synonyms:cleaning lady
Usage: The charwoman cleaned every bathroom in the office building after the executives left for the evening.
Article of the Day

Shiva

The Hindu god Shiva is the subject of an elaborate and sometimes contradictory mythology. He is seen as both destroyer and restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. The trident he is often depicted holding represents his three aspects as creator, preserver, and destroyer, while the snakes his is garlanded with show his power over deadly animals. Shiva is one of three gods that make up the Trimurti. Who are the other two? More...
This Day in History

Napoleonic Code Adopted in France (1804)

One of Napoleon's first priorities after coming to power was revising the outdated French legal system. The resulting code was a clear framework of laws regarding property, family, and personal rights, replacing an antiquated, confusing patchwork of feudal laws. The code has since been amended but remains in effect in France. In the 200 years since it was enacted, the code has also influenced the laws of many European countries, the US state of Louisiana, and what Middle Eastern country? More...
Today's Birthday

Florenz Ziegfeld (1869)

An American theatrical producer, Ziegfeld was best known for his Ziegfeld Follies, a series of lavish Broadway revues he produced for 24 years beginning in 1907. Combining comedy, pageantry, and beautiful women, the successful shows made Ziegfeld a legend while launching the careers of stars such as Will Rogers and Fanny Brice. He also produced the hit musical Show Boat in 1927. What actress first suggested the idea of the Follies to Ziegfeld? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. More...
Today's Holiday

Sitala Ashtami (2017)

Sitala Ashtami is a Hindu festival honoring Sitala, goddess of smallpox. She is named for the chill typically experienced during high fever. She is believed to have the power to protect people from smallpox, and her blessings are invoked for protection against the disease. On this day, Hindu women visit the nearest Sitala shrine in the morning, offering the goddess rice, homemade sweets, cooked food, and holy water mixed with milk. In some places colorful fairs are held near Sitala's shrines, and there is merry-making, dancing, feasting, and the buying and selling of wares. More...
In the News

How Does This Polka Dot Tree Frog Glow in the Dark?

At first glance, the South American polka dot tree frog gives off a pale, brownish-green hue. But under a fluorescent light, it glows bright green, with 18 percent of a full moon's light. In a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy ... More...
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