Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

waft

Definition:(verb) To carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water.
Synonyms:drift, float, blow
Usage: The scent of her perfume wafted through the room.
Article of the Day

Xenophon

Xenophon was a Greek soldier and writer. Born to a wealthy Athenian family, he was a disciple of Socrates before joining the Greek force, known as the Ten Thousand, that served Persian prince Cyrus the Younger at the disastrous battle of Cunaxa. After Cyrus and the Greek generals were killed, Xenophon was chosen as one of the leaders of the army's heroic retreat, an experience he recounted in Anabasis, his most celebrated work. Why was Xenophon later exiled from Athens? More...
This Day in History

Italian Public Administrator Enrico Mattei Dies in Plane Crash (1962)

After World War II, Mattei was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency, a Fascist state enterprise. Instead, Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI), or National Fuel Trust. Under his direction, ENI developed large deposits of natural gas in Italy and negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East. Mattei became a powerful figure in Italy before he died in a plane crash in 1962. What conspiracy theories exist about his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvia Plath (1932)

American poet Sylvia Plath excelled as a writer from an early age and published her first poem at eight. She attempted suicide while in college but underwent electroshock treatment and seemingly recovered from her breakdown. In 1956, she wed poet Ted Hughes, whom she met while attending Cambridge on a Fulbright grant. Shortly after they separated in 1962, Plath committed suicide. Her literary reputation grew rapidly after her death, and she became the first poet to win what prize posthumously? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case he or she needs assistance. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence and Thanksgiving Day (2016)

A group of islands in the West Indies, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain on October 27, 1979, and its citizens celebrate their freedom with this national holiday. More...
In the News

First "Dead Heart" Transplants

Australian surgeons claim to have performed the first-ever heart transplants using what they are calling "dead hearts." Typically, donor hearts are taken from patients who are brain dead but still have a functioning circulatory system. This significantly limits the pool of available hearts for patients in need of a transplant. However, using a state-of-the-art "heart-in-a-box" machine, doctors were able to revive hearts that had ceased beating for up to 20 minutes and keep them viable for transplantation. There have thus far been three successful surgeries using this technique. More...
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