Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

portent

Definition:(noun) An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur.
Synonyms:omen, prognostication, presage, prodigy
Usage: The soldier looked to the sky for a portent and was gripped with fear when he read his future in the clouds.
Article of the Day

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda that live in the digestive tracts of vertebrates and steal vital nutrients from their hosts. Most human tapeworm infestations result from the consumption of contaminated meat or fish that has not been properly cooked. An adult tapeworm consists of a knoblike head, or scolex, equipped with hooks for attaching to the intestinal wall of the host, a neck region, and a series of flat, rectangular body segments. How long can tapeworms grow to be? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)

When Poland declared its independence in 1918 in the aftermath of WWI, its borders—like many at that time—were not formally determined. By 1920, war had broken out over conflicting expansionist attempts between Soviet Russia and Poland, which wanted its 1772 border restored. The Peace of Riga treaty split contested land between Poland and the Soviets, setting the border and effectively halting Russian expansion into Europe. Where were Poles left on the wrong side of the border sent in the 1930s? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hoyer Updike (1932)

Updike was a prolific American author whose novels and stories usually deal with the tensions and frustrations of middle-class life. Published between 1961 and 1990, his four famous "Rabbit" novels follow an ordinary American man through the latter decades of the 20th century. Updike is one of the few authors to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once. He was also a respected literary critic who championed young authors and espoused what five rules for literary criticism? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2017)

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More...
In the News

Has Your Doctor Been Up for 24 hours? Rule Change Will Allow It for New Residents

New guidelines by the organization that oversees medical residency programs for new doctors in the United States will soon allow first-year residents to work shifts as long as 24 hours, eight hours more than the current limit. The Accreditation Council for Graduate ... More...
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