Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

lordosis

Definition:(noun) An abnormal inward (forward) curvature of the vertebral column.
Synonyms:hollow-back
Usage: Ethan's lordosis made it difficult for him to maintain an erect posture.
Article of the Day

The Fedora

The fedora is a soft, medium-brimmed, felt hat with a creased crown and, usually, a band. It is often associated with film noir private detectives and Prohibition-era Mafiosos, and it tops off most zoot suits. Considered an essential piece of menswear in the US in the 1940s and 50s, the fedora fell out of fashion in the early 60s, when thinner lapels and ties called for shorter-brimmed hats, and when, according to one theory, American men saw what public figure without one? More...
This Day in History

Innocent III Becomes Pope (1198)

Lotario di Segni became Pope of the Catholic Church in 1198 at the age of 37, taking the name "Innocent III." He believed that just as things of the spirit take preeminence over things of the body, so should earthly monarchs be subject to the pope, and he set out immediately to realize this ideal. He was the virtual overlord of Christian Spain, Scandinavia, Hungary, and the Latin East and launched the Fourth Crusade, which went awry when the crusaders did what instead of going to the Holy Land? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Greene Balch (1867)

Balch was an American economist and sociologist who taught at Wellesley College until her dismissal in 1918 for opposing US involvement in World War I. She was a co-founder, along with Jane Addams, of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and served as its international secretary from 1919 to 1922. In 1946, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with longtime YMCA leader John R. Mott. Balch was among the first graduates of what American college in 1889? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

Battle of New Orleans Day

When British soldiers attacked near the Chalmette plantation outside New Orleans on January 8, 1815, they were met by a ragtag army of militiamen, sailors, and pirates fighting from behind barricades. The defending US troops were led by General Andrew Jackson, whose stunning victory—the British suffered some 2,000 casualties, while the Americans lost only eight men—made him a national hero. This day remains a legal holiday in Louisiana, where it is also known as Jackson Day or, in honor of Jackson's nickname, as Old Hickory's Day. More...
In the News

Restaurateur Drops $736,000 on One Bluefin Tuna

A 593-lb (269-kg) bluefin tuna fetched a record price of $736,000 (56.49 million yen) at auction in Japan, which translates to a cost of $2,737 (210,000 yen) per kilogram of fish. The sale beat the previous record price for a bluefin tuna by over $300,000 (24 million yen). The fish was sold at the Tsukiji fish market's first auction of the year, a celebratory event at which record bids are often made. The buyer, who owns a chain of sushi restaurants, said he placed the record-breaking bid in part to help Japan on its road to recovery and to prevent the tuna from being taken overseas. More...
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