Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

half-baked

Definition:(adjective) Foolish; totally unsound.
Synonyms:screwball, softheaded, crazy
Usage: I refuse to be drawn into another half-baked scheme doomed to failure.
Article of the Day

Mary Carleton, Imposter

Carleton was a 17th-century Englishwoman who was brought up on charges of bigamy after marrying multiple men. She then took on the persona of a German princess and married John Carleton, but she was exposed and put on trial. Both published pamphlets to support their versions of events. After her acquittal, Mary starred in a play about her life. She went on to defraud more men but was eventually arrested and sent to a penal colony. How was she punished for returning to England without permission? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Scientific American Magazine Is Published (1845)

In 1845, Rufus Porter—an eccentric inventor, painter, and editor—published the first issue of Scientific American, a weekly newspaper about new inventions. By 1853, its circulation had reached 30,000 and it was reporting on various sciences, such as astronomy and medicine. In 1921, it became a monthly. Its solidly-researched, well-written articles, accompanied by illustrations and explanations, have made it a highly regarded publication. How much did the first subscriptions cost? More...
Today's Birthday

William Robertson Davies (1913)

Davies was one of Canada's most distinguished writers. Educated at Oxford, he produced more than 30 works of fiction throughout his long literary career, as well as plays, essays, and criticism. Among the themes explored in his densely plotted novels are life's moral dimensions and the isolation of the spirit. He is best known for his three novel trilogies dealing with life and culture in fictional Ontario villages. What innovative technology, considered indispensible today, did he proudly shun? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is all our Life, then but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

in the last analysis

When everything has been considered; when all the facts are known or the truth has come to light. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (2017)

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the "Four Latin Fathers" of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine's Day in 1565, they named the U.S.'s oldest European community after him. More...
In the News

Bypass Patients in Happy Marriages Live Longer

Happy marriages could help coronary artery bypass patients live longer. A study of 255 bypass patients found that the 15-year survival rates were higher for married patients than unmarried ones and were highest for those who reported having happy marriages. Though men in the study seemed to benefit regardless of the quality of their marriage, women who reported dissatisfaction in their marriages actually had no survival benefit over unmarried women. Researchers believe the social support marriages provide is responsible for the improved long-term survival of bypass patients. More...
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