Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

concurrence

Definition:(noun) The temporal property of two things happening at the same time.
Synonyms:conjunction, co-occurrence, coincidence
Usage: In order that the will of Napoleon and Alexander (on whom the event seemed to depend) should be carried out, the concurrence of innumerable circumstances was needed.
Article of the Day

Ladybugs

Coccinellidae is a family of about 5,000 beetles known in the US as ladybugs and in the UK as ladybirds. The insect's name originated in the Middle Ages, when it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called "beetle of Our Lady," likely because Mary was often depicted in a red cloak in early paintings and because the seven spots on the species most common in Europe were associated with her seven joys and seven sorrows. A common myth is that the number of spots on a ladybug’s back indicates what? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trying to stop slanderers' tongues is like trying to put gates to the open plain.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(someone) (just) doesn't know when to quit

Someone would be better off not doing something or acting a certain way because it is or may become destructive, counterproductive, futile, or undesirable. More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2017)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Blood Test Reveals Baby's Gender Earlier

Predicting a fetus’s gender by ultrasound can only be done about 12 weeks into a pregnancy. For those who feel they must know the baby’s gender sooner, a blood test that checks fetal DNA in the mother’s blood can yield reliable results after just the seventh week of pregnancy. Proponents say this early test could help doctors screen for sex-linked genetic conditions earlier, but critics worry that it will be used for social reasons, with some parents electing to terminate pregnancies based on the gender information the test provides. More...
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