Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

pettifog

Definition:(verb) Argue over petty things.
Synonyms:bicker, brabble, squabble, niggle, quibble
Usage: Mrs. Faraday watched in exasperation as her children pettifogged about who deserved the last of her chocolate chip cookies.
Article of the Day

Birdsongs

Birds sing using the syrinx, the avian vocal organ. Singing is usually confined to males and is at its height during the breeding season, when it is used to attract a mate. Birdsongs are usually more complex and longer than birdcalls. There is evidence that songs are learned, while certain calls are inherited. A male chaffinch hatchling, for example, sings a "subsong" but only learns the true song by hearing and imitating adult males. Deaf birds sing, but their songs are different in what way? More...
This Day in History

Louis XVI of France Is Guillotined (1793)

Louis XVI was the king of France during the complex sociopolitical conflict that culminated in the French Revolution, but he was shy, dull, and corpulent and lacked the leadership skills necessary for the job. During the revolution, he was caught attempting to flee the Tuileries palace in disguise, and when proof of his counterrevolutionary actions emerged, he was tried for treason and beheaded. It is said that while his blood dripped to the ground, many in the crowd ran forward to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

John Bodkin Adams (1899)

Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few are the hearts whose happy lot it is at once to recognize in each other's voices the partner intended for them by Providence.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (Dominican Republic) (2017)

A cloth painting of the Virgin Mary is the focus of a yearly celebration in the Dominican Republic. It was painted by a Spanish artist and brought to the island nation in the early 1500s. The portrait, crowned by a gold and silver tiara by Pope John Paul II in 1978, is located in a basilica in the city of Higuey, in the Altagracia province. Every year on January 21, thousands of pilgrims visit the Higuey cathedral to worship. The feast day is a national holiday; it is marked by all-night church services, singing, dancing, and festivals in many Dominican towns. More...
In the News

FDA Restricts Antibiotic Use in US Livestock

For decades, farmers have used antibiotic-laced feed and antibiotic injections to prevent disease and promote growth in their animals. This practice is suspected of contributing to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which may be transferred to humans who handle or eat contaminated products. To combat this, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an order restricting the use of cephalosporins, a common class of antibiotics, in healthy cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys. More...
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