Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

repast

Definition:(noun) The food served and eaten at one time.
Synonyms:meal
Usage: Numerous exquisite dishes ... were placed successively before the guests, and the richest wines of France flowed in profusion during this splendid repast.
Article of the Day

Messel Pit

One of the most significant fossil sites in the world, the Messel Pit is a former shale quarry in Germany. About 47 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch, the area was home to a lake, and archaeologists hypothesize that it periodically released clouds of poisonous volcanic gases. Insects, fish, birds, and mammals that died there were preserved with incredible detail—down to fur and feathers—in the lake's sediment. Prehistoric versions of what modern animals have been found there? More...
This Day in History

Erie Canal Opens (1825)

The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies. Commercial traffic on the canal has since dwindled, and it is now used mainly for what purpose? More...
Today's Birthday

François Mitterrand (1916)

Initially a supporter of the Vichy government during World War II, Mitterrand joined the Resistance in 1943. After the war, he held cabinet posts in 11 Fourth Republic governments. He ran unsuccessfully against Charles de Gaulle's government in 1965 but was elected president in 1981 and 1988, after which he strongly promoted European integration. Mitterrand retired in 1995, having served longer than any other French president. Who succeeded him as president of France? More...
Quotation of the Day
But there, everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) on

To be busy or engaged with something; to have plans to do something at a particular point in time. More...
Today's Holiday

Rama Ekadashi (2016)

Ekadashi is the Hindi word for "eleventh." Hindus observe 24 11th-day fasts during the course of the Hindu year, although some are more important than others. Each Ekadashi is held in honor of a different Hindu legend and has specific religious duties associated with it. Eating rice, however, is prohibited on all Ekadashi. According to legend, a demon was born of the sweat that fell from Brahma's head on this day, and Brahma instructed it to inhabit the rice grains eaten by people on Ekadashi and to turn into worms in their stomachs. More...
In the News

Socioeconomic Disparity in CPR Administration

A large-scale, US study of how race, income, and other neighborhood characteristics affect a person's chances of receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) reveals that people who suffer cardiac arrest in poor, minority neighborhoods are much less likely to receive CPR from bystanders than those who collapse in wealthier, Caucasian neighborhoods. While race does appear to be a factor—black victims in low-income, black neighborhoods are least likely to receive assistance—a neighborhood's economic makeup seems to have a greater influence on the likelihood of receiving bystander-initiated CPR. More...
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