Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

dither

Definition:(noun) An excited state of agitation.
Synonyms:fuss, pother, tizzy, flap
Usage: I was in such a dither while getting dressed this morning that I accidentally left the house with mismatched shoes.
Article of the Day

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

In the Bible, Judean ruler Herod Antipas imprisoned the prophet John the Baptist for denouncing his decision to divorce his wife and marry—unlawfully, under Jewish law—his brother's wife, Herodias, while his brother was still alive. On Herod's birthday, Herodias's daughter, Salome, danced for Herod. In return, he promised her anything, up to half his kingdom. She demanded John's head on a platter, and Herod obliged. Where was John the Baptist's head said to have been found centuries later? More...
This Day in History

Algerian Leader Muhammad Boudiaf Assassinated (1992)

Boudiaf was an Algerian political leader and a founder of the National Liberation Front, which directed the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) against France. Boudiaf was captured in 1956 and imprisoned. He was freed after Algeria gained independence, but his opposition to the new regime led to a 27-year exile. In 1992, he was invited back to head the government and deal with rising religious influence in politics. Months later, he was assassinated by a bodyguard while doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
What men and women need is encouragement ... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues ... The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920)

Idiom of the Day

insofar as

To such an extent that; to the degree that. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Independence Day (2017)

Also known as Republic Day, Seychelles Independence Day is a national holiday that commemorates Seychelles' transition to an independent republic on this day in 1976. It had been a British colony since 1903. Before that, it was a dependency of Mauritius, which was ruled by France. When Seychelles became independent, the people had a three-month-long party. More...
In the News

Honey Can Be Hazardous to Health

Doctors in Turkey recently treated a father and son suffering from vomiting, dizziness, and cardiac arrhythmia brought on by their consumption of "mad honey," honey derived from the pollens of certain neurotoxin-containing plants. The honey the men had eaten came from the Black Sea region, where bees are known to feed on rhododendrons, some species of which produce grayanotoxins. These toxins bind to sodium channels in cell membranes, causing potentially dangerous heart rhythm disturbances. Though this sort of poisoning is rare, experts advise people to exercise caution when consuming honey produced in regions where grayanotoxin-containing plants are found. More...
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