Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

six-shooter

Definition:(noun) A pistol with a revolving cylinder (usually having six chambers for bullets).
Synonyms:revolver
Usage: A man in uniform advanced into the room, a six-shooter in his hand.
Article of the Day

Yurts

Known by different names in different cultures, yurts are circular, domed, portable tents consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins. Used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of East and Central Asia, these dwellings are designed to be repeatedly dismantled, transported, and rebuilt. Today, the yurt also serves as a nationalistic symbol for many Central Asian groups. What part of the yurt is passed down from father to son and is featured on the Kyrgyz flag and Kazakh coat of arms? More...
This Day in History

US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed. How was habeas corpus treated in the Confederacy at this time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family's finances? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. More...
Today's Holiday

Buccaneer Days (2017)

During Buccanner Days, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, by proclamation of the mayor, is under pirate rule. What began in 1938 to honor the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda in 1519 has become a month-long carnival, calling to mind the days when the settlement was a hideaway for pirates. Pirates sail into town, capture the mayor, and demand revelry throughout the city. Events include a professional rodeo, sailboat regattas, parades, sporting events, concerts, a coronation and ball, and fireworks on the bayfront. More...
In the News

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found on US Meat and Poultry

Nearly half of the 136 meat and poultry samples purchased from 26 different US grocery stores for a recent study were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause serious infections and even death in humans. Roughly half of the contaminated samples contained strains of the bacteria that are resistant to at least three types of antibiotics, while some were resistant to more than half a dozen antibiotics. How often these bacteria are transferred to humans due to contact with raw meat and poultry has yet to be determined. More...
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