Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

salubrious

Definition:(adjective) Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
Synonyms:healthy, good for you
Usage: She owned a cheerful vegetarian restaurant where she sold protein shakes and other salubrious refreshments.
Article of the Day

Pankration

Pankration, as practiced in the ancient world, combined the techniques of boxing and wrestling in a no holds barred fighting sport. According to Greek mythology, the sport was created by Hercules and Theseus. It was introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BCE, and a similar form of the sport, called mixed martial arts, is still practiced today. Pankration was not simply a sport; it formed the basis of combat training for Greek soldiers. In what ways did it resemble Asian martial arts? More...
This Day in History

Cardiff Giant "Uncovered" in New York (1869)

One of the most famous hoaxes in American history, the Cardiff Giant was a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man. It was the creation of businessman George Hull, who had the figure sculpted, artificially weathered, buried, and dug up. After charging fascinated onlookers to view the figure, Hull sold the giant, which was so popular that P.T. Barnum even had an unauthorized copy of it made. What much-repeated aphorism was coined in reference to those paying to see Barnum's giant? More...
Today's Birthday

Noah Webster (1758)

Webster was an American lexicographer. After serving in the American Revolution, he published The Elementary Spelling Book, or "Blue-Backed Speller," which helped standardize American spelling and sold some 100 million copies. In 1807, he began work on his landmark American Dictionary of the English Language, which included definitions of 70,000 words—of which 12,000 had never appeared in a dictionary before. How many languages did he learn while compiling the dictionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

World Food Day (2015)

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More...
In the News

Mom's Pregnancy Stress May Affect Kids Years Later

Children born to women who experienced stressful events during pregnancy may be less coordinated in their body movements as teenagers, according to a new study. The new findings suggest that "programs aimed at detecting and reducing maternal stress ... More...
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