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

Iron Lung Used for the First Time (1928)

Invented by engineer Philip Drinker, an iron lung is a device that can produce artificial respiration for extended periods of time. It consists of an airtight metal tank that encloses nearly the entire body and forces the lungs to inhale and exhale by regulating changes in air pressure. Developed for the treatment of coal gas poisoning and first used to save an unconscious child in respiratory failure, the device was eventually most widely used for the treatment of what disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Ramsay MacDonald (1866)

MacDonald was the first Labour Party prime minister of Britain, serving in 1924, from 1929 to 1931, and again as part of a coalition government from 1931 to 1935. He joined the precursor of the Labour Party in 1894 and served as its first secretary. MacDonald was elected to Parliament in 1906 and was leader of the Labour party there from 1911 to 1914, until he was forced to resign for opposing participation in WWI. From what other organization was MacDonald expelled for his pacifist stance? More...
Quotation of the Day
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar (2015)

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or "big heads"—grotesque puppets with huge heads. 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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