Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

salubrious

Definition:(adjective) Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
Synonyms:healthy, good for you
Usage: She owned a cheerful vegetarian restaurant where she sold protein shakes and other salubrious refreshments.
Article of the Day

Pankration

Pankration, as practiced in the ancient world, combined the techniques of boxing and wrestling in a no holds barred fighting sport. According to Greek mythology, the sport was created by Hercules and Theseus. It was introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BCE, and a similar form of the sport, called mixed martial arts, is still practiced today. Pankration was not simply a sport; it formed the basis of combat training for Greek soldiers. In what ways did it resemble Asian martial arts? More...
This Day in History

Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888)

One of America's greatest playwrights, O'Neill spent his youth as a heavy-drinking, itinerant seaman, then began writing plays while recovering from tuberculosis in 1912. Within a decade, he had won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. Extremely prolific, he wrote passionate works about tortured family relationships and spiritual conflict, including Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. Both of his sons committed suicide, and he disowned his daughter for marrying whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

like (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). More...
Today's Holiday

World Food Day (2017)

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More...
In the News

Mom's Pregnancy Stress May Affect Kids Years Later

Children born to women who experienced stressful events during pregnancy may be less coordinated in their body movements as teenagers, according to a new study. The new findings suggest that "programs aimed at detecting and reducing maternal stress ... More...
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