Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

refutation

Definition:(noun) The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions.
Synonyms:defense
Usage: His refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
Article of the Day

Blackbirding

Blackbirding refers to the recruitment of people through kidnapping and fraud to work on plantations, particularly the sugar cane plantations of Fiji and Queensland, Australia, in the latter half of the 19th century. Those "blackbirded" were kidnapped from the indigenous populations of Australia or nearby Pacific islands. In 1872, the British Parliament passed a law in an attempt to curtail the practice, but it continued until the turn of the century. How did blackbirding get its name? More...
This Day in History

US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. Agnew's portrait was removed from the Maryland State House in 1979. Who put it back? More...
Today's Birthday

Harold Pinter (1930)

One of the most important English playwrights of the late 20th century, Pinter wrote what have been called "comedies of menace." His austere, distinctive language, which provokes an ominous sense of unease, gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque." His plays include The Birthday Party and The Homecoming, and he also wrote a number of screenplays. In 2005, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His 1978 play, Betrayal, was inspired by what betrayal in his own life? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

need (something) (about) as much as (one) needs a hole in the head

To have absolutely no need or use for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Cuban Anniversary of the Beginning of the Wars of Independence (2017)

This official holiday in Cuba marks the day in 1868 when Cuba declared its autonomy from Spain. The declaration, called the Grito de Yara, began the Ten Years' War (1868-1878), which was the first of three wars that Cuba fought against Spain for its freedom. Schools and offices in Cuba are closed on this day. More...
In the News

Fair Skin May Mean Vitamin D Supplements Needed

It appears that fair-skinned people may need supplements to ensure that they get adequate amounts of vitamin D, which the body makes when it is exposed to sunlight. Because people with fair skin are liable to burn easily, they may tend to limit their sun exposure, making them more prone to suboptimal vitamin D levels. Additionally, some fair-skinned individuals may be less able to make and process vitamin D. Because of the risk of skin cancer, researchers do not recommend increasing one's sun exposure in order to boost vitamin D levels. Instead, they suggest that those with suboptimal levels consider taking supplements. More...
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