Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

surcease

Definition:(noun) A stopping.
Synonyms:cessation
Usage: More than anything else in the world, my frayed and frazzled mind wanted surcease from weariness in the way it knew surcease would come.
Article of the Day

Tonsillectomy

The tonsils are areas of lymphoid tissue located on either side of throat that are frequently removed in a surgical procedure called a tonsillectomy. Those who often suffer from inflamed tonsils, as is the case with chronic tonsillitis patients, frequently undergo the procedure. The surgery is commonly performed on children; and among adult tonsillectomy patients, there is a slightly increased risk of bleeding and, generally, more postoperative pain. What is “Painless Tonsillectomy”? More...
This Day in History

Harold Macmillan Delivers "Wind of Change" Speech (1960)

British statesman Harold Macmillan held several government posts during World War II, including minister resident in North Africa. After serving in several other positions, he became prime minister in 1957. Macmillan accelerated Britain's decolonization, especially in Africa. In a memorable speech to the South African parliament in 1960, he said a "wind of change" was sweeping across Africa, which was experiencing a growth in national consciousness. What were the reactions to the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Norman Rockwell (1894)

Rockwell was an American illustrator whose idealized scenes of family life in small-town America gained enormous popularity with the public. His illustrations appeared in major periodicals such as Collier's and Life. From 1916 to 1963, he produced 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and during WWII his patriotic posters were distributed by the government. What unusually serious subject did the sentimental illustrator cover for Look magazine later in his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you are foolish enough to be contented, don't show it, but grumble with the rest.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

however much

No matter how much. More...
Today's Holiday

Quebec Winter Carnival (2017)

The celebration of winter that has been held since the mid-1950s in Quebec City ranks among the great carnivals of the world. It begins with the Queen's Ball at the Château Frontenac and a parade of illuminated floats. More than 40,000 tons of snow are trucked in to construct a large snow castle, which is illuminated at night and which serves as a mock jail. Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's seven-foot-high snowman mascot dressed in a red cap and traditional sash, roams the streets teasing children and looking for people to lock up in the Ice Palace. More...
In the News

Study Tries to Give C-Section Babies Mom's Germs They Missed

Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal. We share our bodies with microbes — on the skin, in the ... More...
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