Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

bluestocking

Definition:(noun) A woman having literary or intellectual interests.
Synonyms:bas bleu
Usage: Calling me names like bluestocking or nerd will only strengthen my resolve to learn.
Article of the Day

Tulip Mania

It takes seven years to grow a tulip from seed, and the bulb can only be uprooted in the summer months. Therefore, when the Dutch tulip market exploded in fall of 1636, few tulips physically changed hands before the futures market collapsed. According to some reports, at the height of the market, single bulbs were selling for more than houses before they even sprouted. It was the first documented speculation bubble. Why were the most expensive varieties those afflicted with a certain virus? 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
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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

Botox Offers Only Modest Migraine Relief

Botulinum toxin A, the main ingredient in Botox, is best known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but it has several other uses as well, including treating excessive sweating and headaches. However, a review of 27 studies involving 5,000 headache patients finds that these injections are only moderately helpful for people with chronic migraines, appearing to reduce headache frequency by an average of two a month, and provide little to no relief for those with less frequent headaches. In addition, those injected with the drug report more side effects, such as muscle weakness and stiff necks. More...
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