Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

consign

Definition:(verb) To give over to the care of another; entrust.
Synonyms:charge
Usage: She consigned her daughters to the care of their aunt and took an extended vacation to Africa.
Article of the Day

Vaudeville

Before the dawn of movies, vaudeville shows packed US theaters. Following the format of beer hall variety shows, each vaudeville performance had 10–15 unrelated acts that could include anything from acrobats to opera singers. Vaudeville emerged in the early 1880s as former circus performer Tony Pastor cleaned up variety shows. He banned the sale of liquor and eliminated the cruder acts, and his success prompted other managers to do the same. What did Pastor give to vaudeville show attendees? More...
This Day in History

Dr. James Bedford Becomes First Person to Undergo Cryopreservation (1967)

The field of cryonics involves techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, and organs—or the entire body—in the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. In 1967, Bedford became the first person to have his entire body frozen in perpetuity. Since then, hundreds have undergone the procedure. What celebrities have been frozen? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Burke (1729)

Burke was a British parliamentarian, orator, and political philosopher. Essays he published in the late 1750s gained the attention of Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant, and he was hired to edit a yearly survey of world affairs. In his many and diverse writings, he left a monumental construction of British political thought that had a profound and long-term influence in England, America, and France. Burke held contrasting opinions on the American and French revolutions. Which did he support? More...
Quotation of the Day
You … know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections to each other: There is nothing like it in this world.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

hold on to your hat

Get ready for what's coming or about to happen! More...
Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day (2017)

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day marks the occasion of the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

Maybe that Workout Can Wait till the Weekend?

It has become a habit. Each week, the weekdays fly by so quickly that you find time to exercise only on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're feeling guilty about your "weekend warrior" exercise schedule, stop. Even though it's not ideal, packing the recommended ... More...
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