Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

gullet

Definition:(noun) The passage between the pharynx and the stomach.
Synonyms:esophagus, gorge
Usage: The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass along its gullet and down into its crop.
Article of the Day

Beelzebub

In the Old Testament, Beelzebub is a fertility god worshipped by the Philistines of Ekron and other Semitic groups. In the New Testament, he is the leader of the devils, sometimes identified with Satan and sometimes with his chief assistant. One of the fallen angels of John Milton's 17th-century epic Paradise Lost, Beelzebub is described by the author as being next to Satan in power. His name, Beelzebub, ultimately derives from the Hebrew words bá'al zebub, meaning "lord of" what? More...
This Day in History

Felice Orsini Attempts to Assassinate French Emperor Napoleon III (1858)

Orsini was an Italian revolutionary in the movement for Italian unification. In 1858, he made an attempt on the life of Napoleon III, whom he held responsible for the failure of the Italian revolutions of 1848 to 1849. Although ably defended by French statesman Jules Favre, Orsini was executed. His act, designed to arouse world interest in the Italian cause, paradoxically influenced Napoleon's own decision to intervene in favor of Italian unification. How did Orsini try to kill Napoleon? More...
Today's Birthday

John Dos Passos (1896)

Dos Passos was an American writer whose World War I service as an ambulance driver and later work as a journalist led him to see the US as "two nations"—one for the rich and one for the poor. An artist to boot, he created many of the illustrations and covers for his books. His reputation as a social historian, radical critic of American life, and major novelist of the postwar "Lost Generation" rests primarily on his powerful U.S.A. trilogy, which includes what three novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hold that thought

An expression used to interrupt someone mid-speech and indicate that one's attention is being or about to be diverted. More...
Today's Holiday

Pongal (2017)

A colorful four-day harvest celebration in southern India, Pongal honors the sun, the earth, and the cow. The first day is for cleaning everything in the house. On the second day, freshly harvested rice and jaggery (palm sugar) are put to boil in new pots, and people cry out, "Pongal!" ("It boils.") On the third day, village cows and oxen are bathed, decorated with garlands of bells, beads, and leaves, and worshipped. On the fourth day, bundles containing money are tied to the sharpened horns of bulls. Young men who are brave enough try to snatch the money from the bulls' horns. More...
In the News

Memory Loss Begins in Middle Age

Memory loss can start much earlier than previously thought—hitting some as young as 45. A 10-year study of more than 7,000 British government workers found that both men and women ages 45 to 49 experienced a 3.6 percent decline in mental reasoning. Older participants showed steeper drop offs, with men between the ages of 65 and 70 declining 9.6 percent and women declining 7.4 percent. Since the youngest participants in this study were 45, it leaves open the possibility that cognitive decline actually begins even earlier than revealed by this research. More...
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