Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

cold-blooded

Definition:(adjective) Without compunction or human feeling.
Synonyms:inhuman, insensate, cold
Usage: These callous, cold-blooded killers butchered six people.
Article of the Day

Cuteness in Japanese Culture

Cuteness—kawaisa—is a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture that first emerged in the 1970s, when teenage girls developed a new writing style using big, round characters decorated with hearts, smiley faces, and the like. To capitalize on this growing trend, companies launched cute merchandise lines. Today, cute elements can be found almost everywhere in Japan, as evidenced by the fact that even police departments have cute mascots. How has All Nippon Airways made its planes cuter? More...
This Day in History

Adams-Onís Treaty: Spain Sells Florida to the US (1819)

In the early 1800s, tensions between the US and Spain were increasing over border disputes in North America. With Spanish power in the New World declining, it was widely believed that Spain would lose land to the US. The Adams-Onís Treaty settled the dispute by attempting to draw clearer borders, roughly granting Florida and Louisiana to the US while giving everything west of Louisiana to Spain. The US did not pay Spain directly for the new land. Instead, it compensated Spain in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857)

Powell was a British army officer and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, later the Girl Scouts. He was a hero of the South African War and author of Aids to Scouting, a military textbook. Upon learning that his book was being used to train boys in woodcraft, he wrote Scouting for Boys and established the Boy Scout movement in 1908. In 1910, with his sister and wife, he founded the Girl Guides. What disguise did Powell use while gathering information in war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2017)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
In the News

Study: Stretches before Run Do Not Prevent Injury

A recent study involving 2,729 volunteers recruited online, all of whom were at least 13 years old and typically ran at least 10 miles (16 km) per week, found that stretching before a run does not affect the risk of injury. The runners were randomly divided into two groups, one of which was instructed to perform three to five minutes of stretching exercises immediately before a run and one of which was told to run without stretching first. After three months, both groups reported injury rates of 16 percent and both reported similar types of injuries. However, changing one's routine by either starting or abandoning a pre-run stretching regimen was found to increase the risk of injury. More...
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