Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

vaporous

Definition:(adjective) So thin as to transmit light.
Synonyms:cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, see-through, transparent, gossamer, sheer
Usage: She was draped in vaporous silks that in the moonlight gave her the appearance of an unearthly apparition.
Article of the Day

John Donne

Donne was one of the greatest 17th century metaphysical poets. His characteristically rigorous poetry and prose reflect that school's belief in reason over emotion and mysticism. Author of the famous phrase, "for whom the bell tolls," a reference to the tolling of church bells upon someone's death, Donne is reported to have slept next to a portrait of himself in his funeral shroud. More...
This Day in History

Founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (1830)

Shortly after Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he officially founded The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints—also known as the Mormon Church—in Fayette, New York. The church flourished but was forced to relocate frequently. It was violently expelled from Missouri, and a mob killed Smith in Illinois in 1844. His successor, Brigham Young, led followers to Utah three years later. Tensions with the US government continued to escalate, culminating in what war? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (1927)

Mulligan was an important baritone saxophonist and one of the best-known exponents of cool jazz, a delicate, understated offshoot of bebop. He began his career in the mid-1940s as an arranger for Gene Krupa and Claude Thornhill and played on the historic Miles Davis nonet recordings in 1949. He gained considerable success with the quartet he formed with Chet Baker in 1952, and he led ensembles of various sizes thereafter. Mulligan served jail time after he was arrested in 1953 for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Take care, your worship, those things over there are not giants but windmills.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) nerves are shot

One is mentally or emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, or overwrought. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (2017)

April 6, 1830 is the day on which Joseph Smith formally established the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons) in Fayette, New York. Three years later the anniversary of the Church's founding was celebrated for the first time; in 1837, a general conference was held to conduct church business and to observe the anniversary. Eventually the idea of holding an annual conference became an established custom, and it was always scheduled to encompass the April 6 founding date. More...
In the News

We Need to Clear the Air

Pollution is going to be the death of us. According to World Health Organization estimates, air pollution contributed to the deaths of seven million people in 2012, making it the world's greatest environmental health risk. The deaths were concentrated most heavily in low- and middle-income countries, primarily in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region. Indoor air pollution appears to be a greater threat than outdoor air pollution, contributing to 3.3 million deaths in 2012 compared to 2.6 million for the latter. More...
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