Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

clavicle

Definition:(noun) Bone linking the scapula and sternum.
Synonyms:collarbone
Usage: He will be out for the rest of the season thanks to a broken clavicle.
Article of the Day

Dorus Rijkers

Rijkers was a Dutch lifeboat captain and folk hero who became famous for his sea rescues of nearly 500 shipwrecked victims. His life-saving career began in 1872 while he was captain of his own boat. While at sea, he saved all 25 crew members of the ship Australia from drowning. He later joined a Dutch lifeboat society as a volunteer and saved hundreds of people during dozens of rescue operations over three decades. How did Rijkers get the nickname Opa, which means "Grandpa"? More...
This Day in History

Theodore Roosevelt Shot in the Chest While Campaigning (1912)

During a bid for the presidency in 1912, Roosevelt was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. The bullet lodged in his chest after penetrating a steel eyeglass case and a folded copy of the 50-page speech he was carrying in his jacket, but he refused to go to the hospital until after he had delivered his scheduled speech. Doctors deemed it too dangerous to remove the bullet, and it remained in Roosevelt's chest for the rest of his life. What did Roosevelt say about the shooting during his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890)

Eisenhower was the 34th president of the US. During WWII, he successfully commanded US forces in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. He was then appointed supreme commander of Allied forces and planned the Normandy Campaign and the war in Europe until the German surrender. After the war, both Democrats and Republicans courted him as a presidential candidate. He was elected as a Republican in landslide elections in 1952 and 1956. What famous warning did he issue in his final presidential address? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no recollection which time does not put an end to, and no pain which death does not remove.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) in (one's) hands

To have under one's control, charge, or care; to have responsibility for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kenka Matsuri (2016)

The Kenka Matsuri (Roughhouse Festival) takes place October 14-15 in Shirahama, Japan, and thousands flock to the shrine where the festival is held. The roughhousing starts as teams of mikoshi-bearers jostle each other for position in the procession to the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. Once they reach the shrine, they spin their heavy burden, raise it up high in the air, and let it crash to the ground—difficult maneuvers designed to thrill the crowd. The mikoshi engage in a final battle in an open field, where thousands of cheering spectators take sides and egg them on. More...
In the News

Fewer Americans Overweight and Obese

Although more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the percentage of those falling within the normal weight range has increased slightly in the past year. In the third quarter of 2011, 36.6 percent of Americans were of normal weight, up one percent from a year ago. The reasons for the shift are unknown, but experts find the numbers encouraging. If this trend continues, it could reduce healthcare costs, as billions of dollars are spent each year treating conditions related to obesity. More...
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