Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

uncouth

Definition:(adjective) Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste.
Synonyms:rough-cut, vulgar, coarse, common
Usage: He was an uncouth fellow, ragged and dirty and unshaven.
Article of the Day

Costco

The first Price Club opened in 1976 in an airplane hangar previously owned by Howard Hughes, and the first Costco opened in 1983. The two merged in 1993, and Costco is now the largest membership warehouse chain in the US. Costco sells items, often in bulk, at low prices in its unadorned warehouses, displaying products on pallets. The company maintains a markup limit of 15 percent, and will not stock a product if it deems the price too high. What did Costco refuse to sell for this reason in 2009? More...
This Day in History

Siege of La Rochelle Ends (1628)

In 1598, French King Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes to restore internal peace in France, ravaged by the Wars of Religion. The edict gave the French Protestants, or Huguenots, extensive rights and control of certain cities, including La Rochelle, which became a stronghold for them. However, Henry's successor, Louis XIII, and his minister, Cardinal Richelieu, resolved to crush the Huguenots, and La Rochelle fell after a 14-month siege. How did the royal forces block sea access to the city? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonas Salk (1914)

Salk was an American physician and microbiologist renowned for his work in developing the first vaccine against polio. He began his groundbreaking studies on viruses and immunization with the influenza virus. Later, while working with other scientists to classify the poliovirus, he confirmed earlier studies that identified three strains, and he showed that the killed virus of each strain could induce antibody formation without producing disease. Who owned the patent for Salk's vaccine? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

St. Jude's Day (2015)

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint's day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the unachievable. More...
In the News

Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More...
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