Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

plaintive

Definition:(adjective) Expressing sorrow; melancholy.
Synonyms:mournful
Usage: She uttered a plaintive sob, closed her fine eyes, and fled, trying in vain to still the beating of her heart.
Article of the Day

Tivoli Gardens

A source of inspiration for Walt Disney, Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opened in 1843, Tivoli is the second-oldest amusement park in the world, surpassed only by another Danish park in a neighboring town. Tivoli's attractions include roller coasters, a merry-go-round, and a concert hall, along with exotically styled buildings and lush flower gardens. How did Tivoli's founder, Georg Carstensen, persuade King Christian VIII to allow him to create the park? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

the last thing (one) wants

Something which one absolutely does not want or has no use for. More...
Today's Holiday

Jubilee Days Festival (2017)

Founded in 1948, Jubilee Days began as a celebration of the harvest and of God's blessings on the community. It has since become a celebration of the unique heritage of Zion, Illinois. The town was founded in 1901 by the reverend John Alexander Dowie, organizer of the Christian Catholic Church. He died in 1907 and was succeeded by Wilbur Glenn Voliva. Past festivals have included arts and crafts fairs, 5k runs, mayor's prayer breakfasts, Zion queen's pageants, Civil War reenactments, and parades. More...
In the News

Guidelines Aim to Protect Patients from Drug Allergy Errors

Despite the fact that drug allergies can be fatal, oversights and errors in prescribing persist. In the UK alone, thousands of people each year are prescribed drugs to which they have a known allergy. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, a non-departmental public body of the UK's Department of Health, is aiming to address this issue with new guidelines for the documenting of allergies and prescriptions. These include the recommendation that prescriptions be redesigned to include information on all of a patient's known drug allergies. More...
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