Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

venerate

Definition:(verb) To hold in deep respect.
Synonyms:revere
Usage: In our culture, we venerate the elderly and pay heed to their wisdom.
Article of the Day

Bampfylde Moore Carew, King of the Beggars

Carew was an English rogue and vagabond who became a folk hero after The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew was published in 1745. The book portrayed him as a roaming trickster who lived off the money he made deceiving the wealthy. Carew's ruses included claiming alms as a shipwrecked sailor, dressing as an old woman, posing as a rat-catcher, and faking smallpox. Carew claimed to have been elected "King of the Beggars" by members of what group after the death of their leader? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
Yesterday, n.: The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

the jet set

A group of wealthy individuals who travel globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2017)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
In the News

Indian Schoolchildren Sickened and Killed by Contaminated Lunch

At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Bihar have died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India's Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world's largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook's warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More...
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