Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

indiscretion

Definition:(noun) A petty misdeed.
Synonyms:peccadillo
Usage: He had awakened with a terrible headache and a sense of some hideous indiscretion.
Article of the Day

The James Ossuary

Dating to the 1st century CE, the James Ossuary is a limestone box containing human bones. There is little doubt the ossuary is authentic, but there has been great controversy over its Aramaic inscription: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." Its owner, Israeli antiquities dealer Oded Golan, was prosecuted by Israeli authorities who charge that the inscription, or at least the last part of it, is a forgery—a stance also held by many, but not all, scholars. Where was the ossuary discovered? 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
The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer; in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Effervescent Medicines Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

In recent years, there has been a push to get food producers to cut the salt content of their products and to get individuals to cut their sodium intake, but the pharmaceutical industry could be unintentionally sabotaging these efforts and in fact putting millions of people at risk. Effervescent, dispersible, and soluble medicines contain high levels of salt and have been linked to a 16 percent increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, or vascular death compared with patients taking lower-sodium versions of the same medications. Some of these drugs contain so much sodium that a person taking the maximum daily dose would exceed the daily recommended sodium limit without any other sodium source. More...
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