Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

antitrust

Definition:(adjective) Of laws and regulations; designed to protect trade and commerce from unfair business practices.
Synonyms:antimonopoly
Usage: Government antitrust laws prevented the technology company from merging with its only competitor.
Article of the Day

The Suez Canal

One of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes, the Suez Canal extends 101 mi (163 km) from Port Said to the Gulf of Suez and connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ships to sail directly between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. After its completion in 1869, its ownership remained in French and British hands until Egypt nationalized it in 1956, sparking an international crisis, during which it was closed for one of the two times in its history. When was the second? More...
This Day in History

National Geographic Society Founded (1888)

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. It was founded in 1888 by a small group of eminent explorers and scientists and, by the turn of the 21st century, boasted approximately nine million members. It has supported more than 7,000 major scientific projects and expeditions, including those of the Leakey family, Jacques Cousteau, and Jane Goodall. What popular traveling exhibits has it sponsored? More...
Today's Birthday

Donna Reed (1921)

Reed was an American film and television actress. In 1946, she starred in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, playing Mary Bailey—the wife of James Stewart's character, George Bailey. She went on to win the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in From Here to Eternity and later received a Golden Globe for Best Female TV Star for her performance as Donna Stone in The Donna Reed Show. Why did Reed once sue the producers of the TV show Dallas? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a hot hand

A continuous period of great success, luck, or fortune; a winning streak. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauni Amavasya (2017)

Complete silence is observed on the day known to Hindus as Mauni Amavasya. Because bathing during Magha, one of the most sacred Hindu months, is considered to be a purifying act, many Hindus camp out along the banks of the Ganges River throughout the month and bathe daily in the sacred river. But the bathing and fasting end with the observance of Mauni Amavasya, a day for worshipping Lord Vishnu and circumambulating the peepal (a type of ficus) tree, which is regarded as holy. For many Hindus, the celebration takes place at Prayag, where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers flow together. More...
In the News

Totally Drug-Resistant TB Reported in India

India has recently made great strides in the eradication of polio; however, tuberculosis (TB) still runs rampant throughout the country. Though TB is usually treatable with antibiotics, it remains the world's second-deadliest infectious disease, and there is growing concern over the emergence of drug-resistant strains. In India, doctors recently reported 12 cases of what is being called "totally drug-resistant TB," or TDR-TB, meaning that none of the antibiotics currently used to treat TB is effective on this strain. More...
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