Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 4, 2011)
Word of the Day

disputable

Definition:(adjective) Open to argument or debate.
Synonyms:arguable, debatable, moot
Usage: He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable.
Article of the Day

Mongolian Wrestling

Bökh is a martial art and traditional style of Mongolian folk wrestling with a long history. Genghis Khan considered it to be an important part of keeping his army in good physical shape and combat-ready, and the Manchu dynasty imperial court held regular wrestling events between Manchu and Mongol wrestlers. Today, wrestling plays a key role in Mongolian rituals and festivals and is one of the Mongolian culture's historic "Three Manly Skills," which also include what other activities? More...
This Day in History

World Trade Center Opens in New York City (1973)

With seven buildings and a shopping concourse, the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan was the largest commercial complex in the world before it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Its most prominent structures were the 110-story rectangular Twin Towers, which, at more than 1,360 ft (415 m) tall, were the tallest buildings in the world until the Sears Tower surpassed them in 1974. How did the construction of the complex lead to the expansion of the island of Manhattan? More...
Today's Birthday

McKinley Morganfield, AKA Muddy Waters (1913)

As a teenager in Mississippi, Waters played traditional country blues, but after settling in Chicago in the 1940s, he switched to a more urban style with amplified instruments. He soon became known for his driving slide guitar technique and darkly expressive vocal style. From the 1950s on, Waters recorded, toured, and played various music festivals. His electric blues influenced myriad musicians, including Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. What world-famous band took its name from one of his songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

wash (someone's) mouth out (with soap)

To punish someone for using rude, vulgar, or obscene language by cleaning his or her mouth with soap (usually used merely as a threat). More...
Today's Holiday

Megalesia (2017)

The cult of the Phrygian goddess Cybele (also known as Magna Mater) was established in Rome on this day in 204 BCE, and April 4 continued to be set aside as a commemoration of the foreign goddess' arrival in Rome. In the beginning, no Roman citizens were allowed to take part in it. But over time it spread to the streets of Rome, where Cybele's image was carried in a chariot drawn by lions with her castrated priests leaping and gashing themselves in a frenzy of devotion. The procession went from the Palatine to the Circus, where plays known as ludi megalenses were held. More...
In the News

Midwife Shortage Means Moms, Babies Dying

A chronic shortage of midwives in the developing world means that more than a million mothers and newborns die each year from easily prevented birth complications. In the world's least developed countries over half of mothers give birth without any trained help present, and some two million women each year are actually alone when they give birth. A new report finds that midwives trained in just eight procedures, including keeping newborns warm and fed, could dramatically cut newborn deaths in countries with the worst neonatal mortality rates. More...
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