Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

sycophant

Definition:(noun) A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
Synonyms:crawler, toady, lackey
Usage: The sycophant erupted into laughter before the mayor had even finished the joke.
Article of the Day

Campbell's Soup

After completing his doctorate in Germany, John T. Dorrance declined prestigious academic posts to work in his uncle's canning factory—the Joseph Campbell Preserve Company—in Camden, New Jersey. In 1897, he began replicating in condensed form the soups he had enjoyed in Europe. By 1904, his soups dominated company sales. Still famous today for its soups, Campbell's is also known for its iconic cans, immortalized by Andy Warhol. One of his soup artworks sold for $11.8 million. What was its title? More...
This Day in History

Sesame Street Premieres (1969)

Today, Sesame Street is an American institution. However, at the time of its debut, the show was revolutionary. Developed by the Children's Television Workshop, Sesame Street was the first educational children's show to base its content on laboratory research. Much of that research went into determining what would capture the attention spans of young viewers, and Muppets—such as Elmo and Oscar the Grouch—were found to be particularly effective. Which US state once banned the show? More...
Today's Birthday

Vachel Lindsay (1879)

Lindsay was an American poet who, in an attempt to revive poetry as an oral art form of the common people, traveled the country reciting his poems in return for food and shelter. He first received wider recognition for 1913's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven," about the founder of the Salvation Army. His works are known for their strong, musical rhythms and vivid imagery. Despite his popularity, he was crushed by personal and financial worries and committed suicide by drinking what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Idiom of the Day

heat wave

A period of time in which the weather is unusually and persistently hot. More...
Today's Holiday

Bhairava Ashtami (2017)

Among Hindus, Bhairava means "frightful" or "terrible." He is a manifestation of Shiva, a terrifying character who is worshipped to obtain success, prosperity, the removal of obstacles, and recovery from illness. He is often depicted accompanied by a dog or riding on one. On Bhairava Ashtami, Hindus worship Bhairava with sweets and flowers. Dogs everywhere are treated to milk, sweets, and other delicacies. At night, worshippers keep a vigil and spend the time telling stories about Bhairava. They also offer libations to their dead ancestors. More...
In the News

Overdose-Countering Nasal Spray Could Save Lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 69,000 people a year die from heroin or other opioid overdoses. Naloxone, a drug that has been around since the 1960s, counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose, but its use has been generally limited by its need to be administered as an injection. It has, however, recently been shown to be effective as a nasal spray, meaning it could be made more widely available, particularly to those outside the medical field. According to the WHO, the drug could save more than 20,000 lives each year in the US alone if it were more widely available. More...
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