Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

refutation

Definition:(noun) The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions.
Synonyms:defense
Usage: His refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
Article of the Day

Blackbirding

Blackbirding refers to the recruitment of people through kidnapping and fraud to work on plantations, particularly the sugar cane plantations of Fiji and Queensland, Australia, in the latter half of the 19th century. Those "blackbirded" were kidnapped from the indigenous populations of Australia or nearby Pacific islands. In 1872, the British Parliament passed a law in an attempt to curtail the practice, but it continued until the turn of the century. How did blackbirding get its name? More...
This Day in History

United Air Lines Chesterton Crash (1933)

In 1933, a Boeing 247 operated by United Air Lines exploded mid-flight and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. The crash killed all seven people aboard, including four passengers and three crew members. Investigators concluded that a bomb caused the explosion, making this the first proven act of air sabotage in the history of commercial aviation. No suspect has ever been identified or charged in the incident. How did investigators determine that a bomb caused the explosion? More...
Today's Birthday

Thelonious Monk (1917)

One of the key innovators of modern jazz, Monk worked as a pianist in the early 1940s at Minton's Playhouse and other clubs where the rudiments of the new jazz style were being developed. Known for his highly idiosyncratic, percussive playing, he performed with many notable jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, before recording under his own name beginning in 1947. Monk is one of only five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine. Who are the other four? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

have a trick up (one's) sleeve

To have a secret plan, idea, or advantage that can be utilized if and when it is required. A reference to cheating at a card game by hiding a favorable card up one's sleeve. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiji Day (2016)

Fijians still celebrate the date of the signing of the 1874 Deed of Cession, the document that initiated the protracted process by which Fiji gained independence in 1970. In Levuka, festivities focus on the historical aspects of Fiji Day, and people dress in traditional garb to re-enact of the Deed of Cession. In Suva, leaders, dignitaries, and citizens gather in historic Albert Park for addresses by the president and the prime minister. There is also a parade, the singing of the national anthem, and a ceremonial firing of cannons. In other communities, Fijians hold oratory contests and cultural performances. More...
In the News

Fair Skin May Mean Vitamin D Supplements Needed

It appears that fair-skinned people may need supplements to ensure that they get adequate amounts of vitamin D, which the body makes when it is exposed to sunlight. Because people with fair skin are liable to burn easily, they may tend to limit their sun exposure, making them more prone to suboptimal vitamin D levels. Additionally, some fair-skinned individuals may be less able to make and process vitamin D. Because of the risk of skin cancer, researchers do not recommend increasing one's sun exposure in order to boost vitamin D levels. Instead, they suggest that those with suboptimal levels consider taking supplements. More...
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