Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

arboreous

Definition:(adjective) Abounding in trees.
Synonyms:woodsy
Usage: Oregon's arboreous landscape is both beautiful and serene.
Article of the Day

The Domesday Book

The Domesday Book is a written record of a survey of English landowners and their property ordered by William the Conqueror in 1085. The most remarkable administrative feat of the Middle Ages, it now serves as the starting point for the history of most English towns and villages. Originally called "the description of England," the name Domesday Book—a reference to doomsday, when people face a final accounting of their lives—was later popularly attached to it. What was the purpose of the survey? More...
This Day in History

Edward VIII Becomes King (1936)

Edward VIII became king of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, George V, in 1936. He enjoyed immense popularity until the announcement of his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American in the midst of divorcing her second husband. The government opposed the marriage, and the two sides clashed until Edward executed a deed of abdication, ending a 325-day reign as the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

George Burns (1896)

Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award and becoming well-known for his recurring film role as what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agnes's Eve

The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins. More...
In the News

Mom's Diabetes Linked to Kid's ADHD Risk

A child's environment, from the time he is in the womb onward, can impact his development in myriad ways and throughout his lifetime. A new study finds that children born to mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy are twice as likely as their peers to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at age six. Those born into poor or lower-middle-class families are also twice as likely to meet the criteria for ADHD at that age. Kids who have both risk factors—low socioeconomic status and mothers with gestational diabetes—have a staggering 14-fold increased risk of ADHD compared to those with neither. More...
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