Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

thwack

Definition:(verb) Deliver a hard blow to.
Synonyms:smack
Usage: Frustrated at being unable to fix it, Dad thwacked the engine, and it started right up.
Article of the Day

Muhammad

According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad received his first divine revelation at the age of 40. The Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, records many of the revelations Muhammad received as the final prophet of God. Included among Muhammad's fundamental teachings are the ideas that there is one God, that people must in all things submit to Him, and that nations have been punished for rejecting God's prophets. Why are visual depictions of Muhammad generally prohibited in Islam? More...
This Day in History

World's Fair Starts in Seattle, Washington (1962)

Hosted at the dawn of the Space Age, the 1962 World's Fair featured a glittering array of futuristic technology. Nearly 10 million people came to see the new cars and gadgets or ride to the top of the new Space Needle. While its technology was advanced, the fair anticipated none of the social changes soon to come—the society of the future looked like that of 1950s, but with gyrocopters. Why did US President John F. Kennedy lie, claiming to be too sick to attend the closing ceremony? More...
Today's Birthday

John Muir (1838)

Once an aspiring industrial engineer, US conservationist John Muir devoted himself to nature after losing an eye in an 1867 factory accident. That year, he walked from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico, a journey of about 1,000 mi (1,600 km). He then moved to California and spent much of the next 12 years traveling and writing about nature. He promoted the idea of national forest preserves and helped establish Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. What four items did he take on his backcountry hikes? More...
Quotation of the Day
Gardens are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

in front of (one's) nose

Immediately obvious or clearly apparent. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta San Antonio (2017)

The Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day extravaganza of events held since 1901 in San Antonio, Texas, including San Jacinto Day, April 21. The highlight of the fiesta is the Battle of Flowers Parade alongside the Alamo. Merrymakers originally pelted each other with flowers, but now people crush cascarones, decorated eggshells filled with confetti, on each others' heads. Some 150 other events include concerts, fashion shows, art fairs, a charreada (Mexican rodeo), torchlit floats in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, and decorated barges in the San Antonio River Parade. More...
In the News

US Gaining Ground in Fight against Hospital-Acquired Infections

The risk of contracting a hospital-acquired infection is dropping in the US, and that is good news, but the statistics are still far from comforting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 25 patients in the US will pick up an infection at a hospital or similar medical facility. This means that over the course of a year, about 600,000 patients come down with a nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection. Of them, about 74,000 end up battling more than one. Still, this is significantly down from the 1970s, when an estimated 2.1 million patients a year would develop a hospital-acquired infection, and even from the 1990s, when this number was about 1.7 million. More...
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