Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

honorable

Definition:(adjective) Deserving of esteem and respect.
Synonyms:estimable, respectable, good
Usage: You are offended at being put on duty a bit, but why not apologize to an old and honorable officer?
Article of the Day

Ye Xian

Perhaps the oldest known version of the archetypical Cinderella story, "Ye Xian" is a Chinese fairy tale first published in the 9th century. Enslaved by her wicked stepmother and stepsister, the story's eponymous heroine befriends a magical fish in a nearby lake. The fish is killed and eaten by Ye Xian's stepfamily, but its bones provide her with lovely clothes to wear to a festival. There, she loses a tiny slipper, which falls into the hands of a king. The slipper is made not of glass but what? 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
Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because he that would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude, will convince others the more as he appears convinced himself.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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

Free Birth Control Lowers Abortion and Teen Birth Rate

When women in a recent US study were offered free access to a range of contraceptives, they overwhelmingly opted for the more effective—but often pricier—methods, like intrauterine devices and other types of implants, dramatically reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy. Among teens, the effect was particularly pronounced. Study participants also had fewer abortions than the general population. Experts expect to see a similar trend across the nation thanks to a new US healthcare law requiring most workplace insurance plans to offer women free access to contraceptives. More...
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