Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

incarcerate

Definition:(verb) Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail.
Synonyms:immure, imprison, jail, jug, put behind bars, remand, lag, put away
Usage: It can cost $50,000 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year.
Article of the Day

The Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by Jan van Eyck is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art history. It depicts a wealthy merchant, long thought to be Giovanni Arnolfini, and his wife. The incredible detail, realism, and use of light make this work remarkable, but it also stands out for the debate that it has inspired over the symbolism of certain elements, including the one lit candle in the chandelier, van Eyck's unusually placed signature, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Junko Tabei Becomes First Woman to Summit Mount Everest (1975)

Tabei founded a climbing club for women in Japan in 1969 and, by 1972, was a recognized mountain climber. When Japanese newspaper and television companies sponsored an all-female expedition to climb Mount Everest, Tabei was one of the 15 women selected to go. In 1975, after months of training and preparation, the 35-year-old mother of two became the first woman to reach Everest's 29,035-foot (8,850-m) summit. What disaster partway up the slope nearly ended the climb? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Jaynes Fonda (1905)

Henry Fonda was an American film actor who started out on Broadway. His role in the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife led to a role in the film version, and more than 100 other films followed. He portrayed honest men in movies such as The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and won an Academy Award in 1982 for his last film, On Golden Pond, made with his daughter, Jane. Married five times, he was also the father of actor Peter Fonda. Whose murder did Fonda witness as a teen? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

be in with a chance

To have a good chance or high probability of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Brendan's Day (2017)

This is the feast day of St. Brendan, who lived in the sixth century and is one of the most popular Irish saints and is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of his journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan's instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More...
In the News

One in Seven Strokes Strikes During Sleep

Emergency room records from two US states show that, in 2005, about 15 percent of strokes took place while patients were sleeping. This is problematic because tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-dissolving enzyme, is only administered within hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Sleeping stroke victims do not know when their strokes began, and so they cannot receive the drug if they were asleep for more than four and a half hours before awakening with symptoms. It is therefore important to try to find a way to estimate when wake-up strokes actually occurred, so that doctors can administer the treatment to patients who qualify for it. More...
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