Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

milliner

Definition:(noun) Someone who makes and sells hats.
Synonyms:hatter, modiste
Usage: The milliner is making me a special pillbox hat with a detachable veil to wear on my wedding day.
Article of the Day

Blushing

Described by Charles Darwin as "the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions," blushing is the sudden, brief reddening of the face, especially due to emotions such as embarrassment or shame. The areas of the face that turn red contain a higher concentration of blood vessels near the skin’s surface than other parts of the body. When these vessels dilate, the skin appears to redden. Some people blush more than others, and some have a pathological blushing condition known as what? More...
This Day in History

Delta and Northwest Merge to Form World's Largest Airline (2008)

Founded as an aerial crop dusting operation in Georgia, Delta became the world's largest commercial air carrier more than 80 years after its inception when it merged with Northwest Airlines. The consolidation process was completed by January 31, 2010. Today, Delta has approximately 75,000 employees, and its headquarters in Atlanta includes the world's largest connecting hub. What employee relations issue caused problems during and after the merger with Northwest? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill Mauldin (1921)

After joining the US Army as an infantryman in 1940, Mauldin began sketching cartoons about enlisted life. In 1944, he began producing his cartoons full time for the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of two cynical and unkempt American soldiers, Willie and Joe, made Mauldin a hero to American soldiers in World War II. Later, Mauldin became a political cartoonist for civilian papers. What fate had Mauldin intended for Willie and Joe at the end of the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkey Republic Day (2017)

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More...
In the News

Save the Rhinos, Mail Your Toenails

Rhinoceros horn is so highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine that it sells for more than gold, and this has led to an uptick in poaching, particularly in South Africa. To raise awareness and combat the problem of rhino poaching, one South African film production designer is taking a unique approach: he is sending toenail clippings to the Chinese embassy in Pretoria and encouraging others to follow suit. He chose this medium for his campaign because nails are composed of the same material as the prized rhino horn, keratin. More...
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