Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

triviality

Definition:(noun) Something of small importance.
Synonyms:small beer, trivia, trifle
Usage: He accused me of making a great fuss about trivialities.
Article of the Day

Grub Street

"Grub Street" was the name of a street in London known for its concentration of aspiring authors and poets, low-end publishers and bookshops, and writers of low-quality books. It existed on the margins of London's journalistic and literary scene and became famous for its bohemian society amidst low-rent flophouses, brothels, and coffeehouses. Today, "Grub Street" is used as a pejorative term for hack writers and their literary output. What poet popularized the contemporary image of Grub Street? More...
This Day in History

Ham the Chimp Becomes First Hominid Launched into Outer Space (1961)

Ham was chosen from 40 chimpanzee flight candidates at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base to be the first hominid launched into outer space. He was named after an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission—the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center—and was trained to do simple tasks. In 1961, he was launched into space in a Project Mercury capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean a short time later. What became of Ham after his space flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Schubert (1797)

One of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century, Schubert was an Austrian composer who wrote his first of nine symphonies in 1813 at the age of 16. He wrote more than 600 songs, many to the lyrics of German poets, and also composed music for the stage, overtures, choral music, masses, and piano music. He died at 31, having produced more masterpieces by that age than almost any other composer in history. Schubert was buried beside what other famous composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

fresh legs

In sports, one or more substitute players who have not yet participated in a given game or match, thus having more energy than the players they are replacing. More...
Today's Holiday

Nauru Independence Day (2016)

This island in the Pacific Ocean gained independence from Great Britain on January 31, 1968. It had been governed by Australia. Independence Day is a national holiday in Nauru. More...
In the News

Incentive Programs Do Not Improve Patient Care

Researchers from Britain, the US, and Canada say paying doctors financial rewards for meeting targets for improved patient care made no discernible difference to the health or treatment of people with hypertension. An assessment of the impact of incentivized targets on the quality of care and health outcomes in nearly 500,000 British patients with high blood pressure found that the bonus system had no impact on rates of heart attacks, kidney failure, stroke, or death. The findings suggest that governments and health insurers around the globe may be wasting billions of dollars on incentive schemes that do not improve patient care. More...
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