Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

daiquiri

Definition:(noun) An iced cocktail of rum, lime or lemon juice, and sugar.
Synonyms:rum cocktail
Usage: They knew he was lying about being a bartender when he was unable to correctly mix a daiquiri.
Article of the Day

Persian Miniatures

Persian miniatures are small paintings with themes that often depict concepts from Persian mythology and poetry. The best-known form of Persian painting in the West, miniature painting became a significant Persian art form in the 13th century, peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. Likely influenced by the Western and Byzantine traditions of manuscript illumination, Persian miniature is characterized by the use of geometry and a vivid palette. What other culture heavily influenced the art form? More...
This Day in History

Annie Edson Taylor, 63, Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel (1901)

Taylor was a dance instructor who sought fame and fortune by attempting to become the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Days before her attempt, a cat was sent over the falls to test the strength of Taylor's barrel and survived the plunge uninjured. On her 63rd birthday, Taylor was set adrift in her barrel and went over the falls. Shortly thereafter, the barrel was pulled from the water and Taylor emerged—mostly unharmed. What was her lone injury? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788)

Hale was an American writer and editor who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family. She edited Ladies' Magazine, the first successful US women's magazine, and then Godey's Lady's Book, with which it merged. As the first female magazine editor, she shaped many of the attitudes and ideas of women of the period. Hale is also credited with helping to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the US. What popular nursery rhyme did she write? More...
Quotation of the Day
To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have rocks in (one's) head

To be thoroughly stupid, crazy, absurd, incorrect, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Development Information Day (2016)

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the UN to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. More...
In the News

Researchers Use Nose Cells to Repair Damaged Knee Joints

In a new approach to treat damage to articular cartilage, Swiss researchers successfully used cells harvested from the nose to engineer grafts to replace damaged knee cartilage in a small group of patients. The early-stage study on 10 patients aged 18 ... More...
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