Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

convivial

Definition:(adjective) Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable.
Synonyms:jolly, merry, festive, jovial
Usage: Weston was chatty and convivial, and no friend to early separations of any sort.
Article of the Day

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is a large, blue diamond, currently housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Its history can be traced to the "Tavernier Blue," a crudely cut diamond of about 112 carats originally mined in India, which King Louis XIV of France later purchased and cut into "the Blue Diamond of the Crown," or "the French Blue." Legend has it that the Hope Diamond is cursed and causes misfortune to befall its possessors. How did it acquire this reputation? More...
This Day in History

Mayan Long Count Calendar Begins (3114 BCE)

The Long Count is one of the various ancient Mayan calendars that maintained complicated, cyclical measurements of time. It was intended to provide an accurate record of historical events and counts the days elapsed from a fixed starting point—calculated as August 11, 3114 BCE, the date of creation according to the Maya. Some believe that the calendar predicts the world's end on December 21, 2012, but scholars have widely rejected this claim. What was the significance of that date to the Maya? More...
Today's Birthday

Alex Haley (1921)

A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976's Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watched programs in America, spurring interest in genealogy. Why then was the work excluded from a prominent anthology of literature? More...
Quotation of the Day
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

knick-knack

Any miscellaneous trinket or toy, especially one that is delicate or dainty. More...
Today's Holiday

Omak Stampede and Suicide Race (2017)

The Omak Stampede and Suicide Race includes three days of professional rodeo in Omak, Washington. What makes this different from other rodeos is the World Famous Suicide Race, a terrifying hoof-thundering gallop by 15-20 mounted horses down an almost vertical hill, across the Okanogan River, and then into the rodeo arena. The rodeos top off a week of activities that include Indian ceremonies and dances, a western art show, and a grand parade. Animal rights activists have protested the race because of the extreme danger to the horses. More...
In the News

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia

Older adults with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a recent study has found. This does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of dementia, as it is also possible that another unknown factor could cause someone to have both low vitamin D levels and dementia. Further study is needed to determine the nature of the relationship between vitamin D and dementia, but if it is indeed found to be a causal relationship, it could mean that simply eating more vitamin D-rich foods or taking supplements could reduce dementia risk in later life. More...
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