Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

bereft

Definition:(adjective) Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved.
Synonyms:grief-stricken, grieving, mourning
Usage: Mourn not for those who have died, but for those who are bereft.
Article of the Day

Persian Rugs

Carpet weaving is an integral part of Persian culture, dating back thousands of years. In the 6th century BCE, the court of Persian king Cyrus the Great was decked with magnificent carpets. Today, hand-woven rugs remain one of Iran's chief exports, and the rug industry employs some two million workers. Persian carpets typically have a tight, velvety pile, rich colors, and flowing or geometric designs. What is the difference between Anatolian rugs and Persian rugs? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

Brain Food: Turmeric

The brilliant yellow spice turmeric does more than just add color and flavor to food. Studies suggest that it possesses cancer-fighting properties and even the ability to boost the brain's healing capacity. Rats injected with aromatic-turmerone, a compound found in turmeric, had increased activity in areas of the brain involved in nerve cell growth, suggesting it may encourage the proliferation of brain cells. Additionally, bathing rodent neural stem cells in aromatic-turmerone extract appeared to boost the growth of these cells. The findings could have implications for the future treatment of strokes and Alzheimer's disease. More...
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