Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

laundress

Definition:(noun) A working woman who takes in washing.
Synonyms:washerwoman
Usage: I do believe the laundress hasn't sent the washing yet, and all the best sheets are in use.
Article of the Day

Pattens

Pattens are various types of wooden-soled footwear, such as sandals or clogs, worn by men and women of the Middle Ages to increase their height or to keep their feet out of the mud or dirt of the street. In use until the early 20th century, pattens were worn outdoors over normal shoes and held in place by leather or cloth bands. Their name is derived from the Middle English word patin, which may come from the Old French word pate, meaning what? More...
This Day in History

First Oktoberfest Held in Munich, Germany (1810)

The first Oktoberfest was held as a horse race celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen. In the years that followed, the race was combined with the state agricultural fair, and food and drink were offered. Since that time the 16-day festival has become, above all else, a celebration of German beer, drawing more than five million attendees annually. How many millions of liters of beer did Oktoberfest attendees consume in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Edith Stein (1891)

Born into an observant Jewish family, Stein converted to Christianity in 1922. After studying philosophy, she became a nun in 1934. She moved from Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, but in 1942 she was arrested because of her Jewish heritage. She was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and died in the gas chamber that year. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and is also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. With what miracles is Stein credited? More...
Quotation of the Day
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1968, Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain after being one of its colonies for nearly 300 years. On October 12—the same day on which Columbus Day is celebrated elsewhere in the world—Equatorial Guinea celebrates its autonomy with a national holiday. More...
In the News

Supplements Linked to Higher Mortality in Older Women

Experts have suspected for some time that supplements are beneficial only if a person has a specific vitamin or nutrient deficiency and that excessive intake of vitamins could even be harmful, and the results of a new study seem to support their suspicions. It found that well-nourished women in their 50s and 60s who took multivitamins or certain dietary supplements had a slightly increased risk of dying at an earlier age. Of the 15 supplements studied, iron was most strongly linked to an increased risk of earlier death. The only supplement associated with a lower risk of death was calcium. More...
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