Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

immobilize

Definition:(verb) To hold fast or prevent from moving.
Synonyms:pin, trap
Usage: The police officer was able to immobilize the violent suspect and hold him in place long enough for another cop to assist in handcuffing him.
Article of the Day

Codices

A codex is a manuscript book, especially of Scripture, early literature, or ancient mythological or historical annals. The oldest extant Greek codex is a biblical manuscript from the 4th century BCE. Codices were developed separately by pre-Columbian Mesoamericans after 1000 CE. The earliest type of manuscript in the form of a modern book—a collection of pages stitched together along one side—the codex replaced earlier rolls of papyrus and wax tablets. What advantages did it provide over them? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Narva (1700)

Sweden's power and influence in the Baltic region was growing when the young and inexperienced Charles XII came to the throne in 1697. Seeing their chance to end Swedish domination of the area, Charles's neighbors—Peter I of Russia, Frederick IV of Denmark, and Augustus II of Poland—formed an alliance and attacked. At Narva, the first major battle of the Great Northern War, Charles's army soundly defeated the superior Russian forces. A few years later, Peter returned to Narva. What happened? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonathan Swift (1667)

Known as one of the greatest satirists in the English language, Swift was an ordained Anglican priest who devoted himself to exposing England's unfair treatment of his native Ireland. In his ironic 1729 tract "A Modest Proposal," he suggested that the Irish escape poverty by selling their children to by eaten by the English. His classic Gulliver's Travels is a ruthless satire of human follies. Swift once mocked a publisher of astrological predictions by making what prediction of his own? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

kick the can down the road

Especially in politics, to postpone or defer a definitive action, decision, or solution, usually by effecting a short-term one instead. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day in Yemen is November 30, a national holiday to commemorate Yemen's independence from the British. It was won on that day in 1967, when evacuation of British soldiers was complete and the leading political group, the National Liberation Front, declared the formation of the independent state of the People's Republic of South Yemen. National Day (May 22) observes the official proclamation of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) in 1990. More...
In the News

Heading Soccer Balls Might Damage the Brain

It is widely known that football players commonly suffer concussions and brain injuries as a result of the hits they take during games and practice, but researchers now say that soccer players may also have something to worry about. A new study of amateur soccer players found that those who frequently head soccer balls show signs of mild traumatic brain injury and perform more poorly on tests of verbal memory and reaction times. The damage was found only in players who exceeded 1,000 headers a year. More...
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