Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

drowse

Definition:(verb) Sleep lightly or for a short period of time.
Synonyms:doze, snooze
Usage: Through one after another of those gray days Alexander drowsed and mused, drinking in the grateful moisture.
Article of the Day

Funiculars

A funicular is a steep passenger railway whose cars are pulled by cables, often up the side of a mountain. Funiculars usually have two counterbalanced cars, so that as one ascends, the other descends. The funicular must therefore have at least one section of track where the cars can pass each other. Such railways are found around the world. Some are scenic attractions, while others are used in public transport. Which funicular was repeatedly destroyed by the volcano upon which it was built? More...
This Day in History

Cornerstone of the White House Is Laid in Washington, DC (1792)

Originally called the "President's Palace," the residence of the president of the United States was designed by Irish-American architect James Hoban with guidance from President George Washington, whose term ended before he was able to move in. Slaves and free African-American workers performed much of the construction. Today, the White House is the oldest public building in Washington. Very little of the original structure survived an 1814 fire, set by British troops in retaliation for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862)

Kingsley was an English explorer and writer who challenged and influenced European ideas about Africa. Following the deaths of her parents, Kingsley travelled to West Africa to complete her father's unfinished book. There, she studied local customs and explored uncharted territory. Returning to her native England, she criticized missionary efforts and defended traditional African culture—including aspects such as polygamy. Another female explorer introduced her to what murderous tribal custom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Connoisseur, n.: A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

like attracts like

People tend to seek out or be attracted to those that are similar or like-minded. More...
Today's Holiday

Carberry Day (2017)

The students and faculty at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrate the fictitious academic exploits of Professor Josiah Stinkney Carberry every Friday the 13th. On Carberry Day, small brown jugs appear around campus, and students and teachers fill them with change. The money goes to a book fund that Professor Carberry has set up "in memory of my future late wife, Laura." More...
In the News

Stroke Rate Rising among the Young

Although the overall stroke rate is dropping, the rate of stroke in younger people is increasing. About one in five stroke victims is now below the age of 55. In 1993, just 13 percent of stroke victims fell into this age group. Improved detection techniques could account for some of this shift, but rising risk factors like diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol likely also played a role. Experts say the findings highlight the importance of lowering one's risk by living healthfully and having regular medical checkups. More...
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