Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

whorl

Definition:(noun) A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl.
Synonyms:curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll
Usage: He ... made each individual line of the bewildering maze of whorls or curves or loops ... stand out bold and black by reinforcing it with ink.
Article of the Day

Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu—"The Blue Ribbon"—is an international group of cooking schools teaching French cuisine. The school's name comes from an elite order of French knights who were awarded the Cross of the Holy Spirit, which hung from a blue ribbon. Because these knights were known for their extravagant banquets, the blue ribbon became synonymous with excellent cooking. The school opened in 1895 as an outgrowth of La Cuisinière Cordon Bleu magazine. Who are some of its famous alumni? 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
Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Early Intervention No HIV Cure

Promising results from several babies born with HIV and treated with antiretroviral drugs within hours of birth had led to hopes that such early interventions could prevent the virus establishing reservoirs in the body and offer a cure for the disease, but one by one the virus reemerged in these patients once they were weaned from their medications. Most recently, doctors in Italy reported on a child who had been placed on an antiretroviral regimen within hours of birth and had long had no detectable viral load in his bloodstream. At the age of three, he was taken off the medication, and within two weeks showed signs of the virus again. More...
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