Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

indurate

Definition:(adjective) Emotionally hardened.
Synonyms:callous, pachydermatous
Usage: My father was once an affectionate man, but he returned from the war cold and indurate.
Article of the Day

The Mosquito Alarm

Business owners have long been plagued by unruly teens who loiter on their property and vandalize it. In the mid-2000s, one innovative inventor decided that the key to combating this problem is age-related hearing loss. Enter the Mosquito alarm. Designed to be audible to teens but not adults, the controversial alarm emits a high frequency tone that is physically harmless yet annoying enough to drive away those who hear it. How have teens since adapted this technology to suit their own purposes? More...
This Day in History

Dominican Republic Dictator Rafael Trujillo Is Assassinated (1961)

Trujillo was a military strongman who seized control of the Dominican Republic in 1930 and ruled it as a dictator for the next 30 years. He renamed the capital after himself and forced all citizens to join his political party. He brutally suppressed dissent and ordered the infamous 1937 Parsley Massacre, in which up to 30,000 Haitians living near the Dominican border were murdered. In 1961, Trujillo was ambushed and shot to death by seven men. Why was the CIA said to be involved? More...
Today's Birthday

Mel Blanc (1908)

One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, Blanc began his career in radio. In 1933, he began to work for a daily radio program, for which he created several voices. In 1937, he joined the cartoon department of Warner Brothers. During his 50-year career, he supplied voices in more than 3,000 animated cartoons for hundreds of characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker. What nod to Blanc's career is inscribed on his tombstone? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clothes alter our very nature. A man could not help being fierce and daring with a plume in his bonnet, a dagger in his belt, and a lot of puffy white things all down his sleeves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

be kicked upstairs

To be promoted to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. More...
Today's Holiday

Kaamatan Festival (2017)

Kaamatan is a festival and public holiday in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. The festival is celebrated by the Kadazandusun people, the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah. Irrigated rice is their principal crop, and the harvest is a ritual dedicated to the Bambaazon, or rice spirit. If the harvest has been good, this is a thanksgiving; if it has been poor, the ritual is an appeasement of the spirit. This festival is celebrated during the month of May with carnivals, special exhibits, sports competitions, and a regatta, all leading up to the harvest rituals on May 30-31 in Penampang. More...
In the News

Cases of Colorado Kids Accidentally Ingesting Parents' Pot

The decriminalization of marijuana in the US is having at least one unintended and potentially deadly consequence—young children are increasingly accidentally ingesting the drug. After medicinal marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2009, one emergency room in the state saw 14 pediatric cases of accidental marijuana ingestion over the next 27 months. In the four years prior, it had not had one such case. Eight of the 14 children, who ranged in age from 8 months to 12 years old, were admitted to the hospital, two of them to the intensive care unit. Cannabis edibles, like pot brownies and cookies, were responsible for half of the accidental exposures. More...
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