Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

gristly

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to chew.
Synonyms:cartilaginous, rubbery
Usage: After several minutes of trying to break down the gristly piece of steak, I gave up and discreetly spat it into my napkin.
Article of the Day

Housecarls

Housecarls were servants or household troops that acted as personal bodyguards to medieval Scandinavian lords and kings. They were free men, not slaves or thralls, and were in service voluntarily. Royal housecarls also served in Anglo-Saxon England after its conquest by the kingdom of Denmark in the 11th century, fulfilling a number of military and administrative roles there. Housecarls are well-known for having fought under Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson in what significant battle? More...
This Day in History

Dr. William Price Introduces Cremation to the UK (1884)

Price was a Welsh physician, Druid, and famous eccentric best known for introducing cremation to the UK. Eight days after the death of his five-month-old son, Jesus Christ Price, Price attempted to burn the body in accordance with his Druid beliefs. After lighting the pyre, he was arrested, but he successfully defended himself in court, resulting in a decision that set a precedent leading to the permanent legalization of cremation in the UK. What were some of his other eccentric activities? More...
Today's Birthday

Alan Alexander Milne (1882)

Milne was an English author who began his literary career as a journalist before publishing collections of verses for children, including When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. He is, however, best remembered for Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Now classics beloved by adults as well as children, his books established the characters Christopher Robin and his toy animal friends, including Pooh Bear, Piglet, and Eeyore. On whom was Christopher based? More...
Quotation of the Day
To found principles of government upon too advantageous an estimate of the human character is an error of inexperience, the source of which is so amiable that it is impossible to censure it with severity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Today's Holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In the US, Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday that has become a focal point for recognition of African-American history and the American civil rights movement led by Dr. King. It is also a legal holiday in all 50 states, since New Hampshire signed its King holiday legislation into law in 1999. In schools, the day is often observed with special lessons and assembly programs dealing with Dr. King's life and work. More...
In the News

Bariatric Surgery Could Improve Heart Health

Weight-loss surgery may reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke as well as lower the risk of dying as a result of one. A 15-year study of obese men and women found that those who had bariatric surgery were 33 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who opted to forgo surgery, and they were about half as likely to die from one. Interestingly, though the surgical patients were generally more likely to have lost weight during the course of the study, the amount of weight loss was not associated with the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death. More...
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