Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

pestle

Definition:(noun) A heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone.
Synonyms:pounder, muller
Usage: Sometimes she might have been seen … kneading poee-poee with terrific vehemence, dashing the stone pestle about as if she would shiver the vessel into fragments.
Article of the Day

The February Revolution

The February Revolution was the first of two revolutions in Russia in 1917. Though spontaneous and poorly organized, the revolution resulted in the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, the end of the Romanov dynasty, and the start of a new, provisional government. It resulted from a number of factors—low confidence in the monarchy, a looming famine, and a series of failures in World War I, which Russia was ill-equipped to fight. How did Rasputin help to spur the revolution, even though he was dead? More...
This Day in History

First Female Cadet Graduates from The Citadel (1999)

For more than 150 years, only male cadets were allowed to attend the Citadel, an elite military college in South Carolina. The first female cadet gained the right to enroll after a legal battle in 1995, but she left after less than a week. The next year, Nancy Mace, the daughter of US Army Brigadier General Emory Mace, enrolled, along with three other women. Mace graduated in three years, becoming the first female graduate of the Citadel. What happened to the women who matriculated with her? More...
Today's Birthday

Harry S. Truman (1884)

In 1945, when US president Franklin D. Roosevelt died—just 82 days into his fourth term—Truman, his vice president, assumed the office. Presiding over the end of World War II and the transition to peacetime, he made unexpectedly bold decisions. He dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan, proposed the "Truman Doctrine" of Communist containment, authorized the Berlin Airlift, and initiated US involvement in the Korean War. For most of his second term, Truman did not live in the White House. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

have skin in the game

To have a personal investment, usually monetary, in the pursuit of some goal or achievement, especially in business and finance. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa di San Nicola (2017)

The Festa di San Nicola (Festival of St. Nicholas) is celebrated in Italy on the anniversary of the transfer of the saint's relics by a group of 11th-century sailors from Bari. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari, Puglia, to worship at the saint's tomb and to ask for his help. There is a procession on this day in which a group of Barese sailors take the saint's image down to the water, where it is placed on a flower-decked boat and taken out to sea. At night the statue is returned to its place of honor on the altar of San Nicola's crypt. More...
In the News

Opiate-Addicted Baby Born Every Hour in US

Opiate use is on the rise in the US, and pregnant women are no exception to the trend. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of pregnant women testing positive for opiates increased fivefold, and the rate of babies being born with symptoms of opiate withdrawal tripled. This is putting an increased burden on the healthcare system, as babies born in opiate withdrawal tend to be born earlier and smaller; suffer from health problems like seizures, restlessness, respiratory issues, and difficulty feeding; and often require treatment to wean them off their drug dependency. More...
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