Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

disassociate

Definition:(verb) Part; cease or break association with.
Synonyms:disjoint, disunite, divorce
Usage: She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out that the president had misappropriated funds.
Article of the Day

Wok Racing

A wok is a large metal pan with a rounded bottom used in Asian cooking and, in recent years, for racing. Developed by German TV host Stefan Raab as the result of a bet, wok racing involves individuals or teams of four riding woks down an Olympic bobsled track. The first official Wok World Championship was held in 2003 and has continued each year since, drawing celebrities as well as Olympic athletes. What kitchen utensils do racers wear on their feet as protective gear? More...
This Day in History

James Meredith Is Barred from the University of Mississippi (1962)

After a US federal court ruled that colleges could not deny admission to qualified students on the basis of race, civil rights activist James Meredith prepared to enter the segregated University of Mississippi. On the day of Meredith's enrollment, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett stood in the doorway of the admissions office, physically blocking Meredith's entry, and informed him that his application was denied. Ten days later, Meredith returned—with 500 federal marshals. What happened then? More...
Today's Birthday

Maxwell Perkins (1884)

After joining the publishing firm of Charles Scribner's Sons, Perkins became an enormously well-regarded editor with a genius for recognizing and fostering new talent. Though best known for the intensive editorial work that shaped Thomas Wolfe's sprawling manuscripts into publishable form, he also edited and published early works by then-unknown writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Erskine Caldwell. How many words did Perkins persuade Wolfe to cut from his first novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain narrow, unimaginative, and autocratic old people who seem to call out the most mischievous, and sometimes the worst traits in children.

Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

be left (out) in the cold

To be ignored, forgotten, or excluded, as from a group, activity, benefit, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta (2017)

Cartegena, located on the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern Spain, is an ancient city steeped in the history of the Carthaginian and Roman Empires. Today, for 10 days in late September, thousands of local people celebrate the Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta by dressing in period costume and reenacting this pivotal era in history. The festivities open with a ceremonial lighting of a sacred fire, and over the next several days, festival attendees witness a series of reenactments, including a Roman circus and the victorious march by the Roman Legions through the streets of Cartegena. More...
In the News

Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Since the start of the economic downturn in the US, the number of children being hospitalized with severe brain injuries as a result of abuse has spiked. In the three years leading up to the recession, the rate of abusive head injuries was 8.9 per year per 100,000 kids. During the recession, this number jumped to 14.7 per 100,000. Although there is no proof that pay cuts or job loss is responsible for the increase in abuse, previous research has linked parental stress to child maltreatment, and financial hardship could certainly contribute to parental stress. More...
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