Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

raze

Definition:(verb) To level to the ground; demolish.
Synonyms:pull down, tear down
Usage: They would raze our cities, leaving not one stone upon another.
Article of the Day

Casanova

Casanova was an 18th-century adventurer and writer whose memoirs became world-famous. After a short career in the Church, he turned to a life of adventure, traveling all over Europe and supporting himself by gambling, spying, writing, and by his powers of seduction—his lasting legacy. He was imprisoned for blasphemy at age 30 but managed to escape and later amass a great fortune. A man of learning and taste, he wrote numerous books and produced a translation of what famous epic poem? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Panama Independence Days (2017)

Panama celebrates two Independence Days: November 28, the anniversary of freedom from Spain, and November 3, the anniversary of independence from Colombia. After gaining independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, Panama joined the Republic of Greater Colombia. For 50 years, Panama struggled for complete autonomy. In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether to let the U.S. build a canal at Panama. With U.S. backing, Panama broke away on November 3, 1903, and the canal was built. November 3 is celebrated with parades and fireworks in Panama City. More...
In the News

Milk Makes for Stronger Bones?

Milk is rich in calcium, a key component of our bones, and has long been touted as an important part of a healthy diet for just this reason. However, it turns out that drinking lots of milk may not actually lead to stronger bones. A Swedish study finds that women who drink more than three glasses of milk a day are in fact more likely to suffer a bone fracture than those who consume less. They also have a higher risk of death. Interestingly, consumption of fermented milk products, such as yogurt, is linked to a lower risk of fractures. More...
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