Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

bugbear

Definition:(noun) An object of dread or apprehension.
Synonyms:hobgoblin
Usage: What have I done to be made a bugbear of, and to be shunned and dreaded as if I brought the plague?
Article of the Day

Skiffle

Skiffle is a genre of music incorporating blues, folk, jazz, and country influences, but performed using homemade instruments. Though skiffle performers sometimes use banjos or guitars, they also make use of washboards, jugs, tubs, and comb-and-paper kazoos. Skiffle originated in the US in the early 20th century before spreading to the UK. By the late 1950s, there were as many as 50,000 skiffle groups in the UK—including the band that would become The Beatles. What was the group's name? More...
This Day in History

Microsoft Windows 1.0 Is Released (1985)

Though Microsoft announced its new operating system in the fall of 1983, it was not ready for release until two years later, and the long delay led critics to label the product "vaporware." Even after Windows 1.0 finally hit the market, it was not particularly popular. Still, Windows was more user-friendly than the spare MS-DOS upon which it was built, and it allowed users to multitask. Two years later, it was superseded by Windows 2.0. When did Microsoft finally stop supporting Windows 1.0? More...
Today's Birthday

Alistair Cooke (1908)

Cooke was a British-American journalist and broadcaster. To British audiences, he was famous for his lively and insightful interpretations of American life and culture. His weekly Letter from America, which aired for 58 years, was one of the longest-running programs in radio. To American television audiences, he was the epitome of the elegant English gentleman, hosting public television's Masterpiece Theater for 20 years. After he died, his bones were stolen and used for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soldier who executes what his captain orders does no less than the captain himself who gives the order.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a stab in the back

A betrayal; an act of treachery. More...
Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2017)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (northern islands of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during WWII. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
In the News

Nose Cells Permit Paralyzed Pooches to Walk Again

Scientists have long thought that olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), which guide the regeneration of olfactory neurons, could aid in spinal cord repair, and the results of a new study on dogs seem to support this view. When researchers harvested olfactory ensheathing cells from dogs with spinal injuries and then implanted these cells at the injury sites, they observed marked improvements in the dogs' ability to use their previously paralyzed hind limbs. In humans, this technique could have applications for spinal injury patients who have lost sexual function and bowel and bladder control. More...
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