Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

undertow

Definition:(noun) The seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore.
Synonyms:sea purse, sea puss, sea-poose
Usage: The beachgoer was caught in the undertow and dragged out to sea.
Article of the Day

Language of the Birds

In mythology, medieval literature, and occultism, the language of the birds is often considered a divine or magical language used by birds to communicate with the initiated. A wide variety of historical references to the language of birds exists: Solomon's wisdom is attributed to it, and Aesop, the legendary Greek fabulist, is said to have understood it. In Norse mythology, ravens keep the god Odin apprised of events on Earth. What beast’s blood is said to confer the ability to understand birds? More...
This Day in History

The Rum Rebellion (1808)

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia. It began when New South Wales governor William Bligh was deposed by George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales Corps. The coup was a retaliation against attempts by successive governors to curb the power of the Corps and interfere with its lucrative rum trade—which gave the rebellion its name. The coup was the second time Bligh had been the victim of a rebellion. What was the first? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and earned a living as a stunt pilot in air shows, earning the nickname "Queen Bess." She died in an aviation accident in 1926, but her legacy inspired countless aviators. What led to the accident that resulted in Coleman's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pathos, piety, courage,—they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

false friend

A phrase, word, or letter that sounds or looks similar to one in another language or dialect but has a significantly different meaning. More...
Today's Holiday

India Republic Day

This holiday is an important national festival in India, celebrating the day in 1950 when India's ties with Britain were severed and the country became a fully independent republic. The holiday is marked with parades and much celebration in all the state capitals, but the festivities in Delhi are especially grand. There is a mammoth parade with military units, floats from each state, dancers and musicians, and fly-overs. Independence Day on August 15 is also a national holiday, but it is observed chiefly with speech-making and none of the grandeur of Republic Day. More...
In the News

Blocking Gene Could Stop Cancer from Spreading

Researchers have discovered a gene, called WWP2, that helps cancer spread by leading to the breakdown of an inhibitor, Smad7, which normally keeps cancer cells from spreading. When researchers blocked this gene in laboratory tests, levels of the natural inhibitor protein were boosted and cancer cells remained dormant. They believe that within the next ten years, drugs designed to interrupt the activity of this gene could be used to halt the aggressive spread of many forms of cancer, including breast, brain, colon, and skin cancer. More...
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