Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

subaltern

Definition:(adjective) Inferior in rank or status.
Synonyms:junior-grade, lower-ranking, petty, secondary, lowly
Usage: The subaltern officer stood at attention as his superiors examined the floor he had just finished scrubbing.
Article of the Day

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar substitutes are popular for people who are watching their weight and their dental hygiene. While natural sugar substitutes exist—sorbitol, derived from berries, is one example—many sweeteners are artificial. Saccharin, a coal-tar derivative three hundred times as sweet as sugar, was discovered in 1879. Cyclamates were approved for consumer use in 1951 but were banned in 1969 because of suspected carcinogenic properties. How was the common artificial sweetener aspartame discovered? More...
This Day in History

Kapp Putsch Briefly Ousts Weimar Republic Government (1920)

The fledgling Weimar Republic was just a year old when a renegade right-wing military unit made the first serious coup attempt. The government had tried to disband the unit to comply with the Versailles Treaty—which limited military power in Germany—so the brigade took Berlin. The legitimate regime fled, and Wolfgang Kapp, a radical civil servant, formed a new government. Within days, the coup collapsed and the former regime returned, thanks to a massive swell of support from whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham "Al" Jaffee (1921)

A regular contributor to Mad for more than 55 years, Jaffee is the satirical magazine's longest-running contributor, as both an illustrator and writer. Since 1964, only one issue has been published without new material from Jaffee, now in his 90s. He created some of the magazine's most popular features, such as blueprint-style inventions and his famous "fold-ins"—which he continues to draw by hand. Before joining Mad, Jaffee worked with what then-unknown comic book pioneer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

I suppose (so)

An expression of vague affirmation or assent. More...
Today's Holiday

Holi (2017)

Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: people smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, and personal differences are ignored. Bhang, an intoxicating drink made from the same plant that produces marijuana, is imbibed, and revelry reigns. The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires. More...
In the News

Simple Umbilical Gel Cuts Infant Mortality in Nepal

A simple, low-cost intervention is dramatically cutting the rate of newborn deaths in Nepal and could soon be doing so in other parts of the world as well. Since 2011, when Nepalese hospitals began using chlorhexidine gel to prevent umbilical cord infection, the country has seen a 23 percent drop in newborn deaths due to infection. Nepal was the first country to make the application of chlorhexidine to the umbilical cord a routine part of its postnatal care, but Nigeria and Madagascar, bolstered by Nepal's apparent success, are in the process of following suit. More...
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