Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

pigeonhole

Definition:(verb) Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype.
Synonyms:stereotype, stamp
Usage: It would be incorrect to pigeonhole her as a children's author, since many adults also enjoy her books.
Article of the Day

The Great Disappointment

After serving in the War of 1812, farmer William Miller underwent a religious conversion and convinced himself—and, eventually, thousands of followers—that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent. He became a licensed Baptist preacher in 1833. The Millerite movement peaked in 1843 and declined rapidly after "the Great Disappointment"—the failure of the Second Coming to occur during the period predicted by Miller. His followers, however, organized what religious sect that still exists today? More...
This Day in History

Ticker-Tape Parade Invented in New York City (1886)

Before the advent of the Internet, stock quotes were printed by telegraph machines on continuous paper ribbon known as ticker tape. In 1886, New Yorkers became the first to use the tape as confetti during an impromptu celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, inventing what would come to be known as a "ticker-tape parade." Since then, ticker-tape parades have been used to greet dignitaries, honor war heroes, and fete sports teams. What materials are now used instead of ticker tape? More...
Today's Birthday

James Boswell (1740)

Boswell was a Scottish lawyer and author who is best known for his biography of English literary scholar and critic Samuel Johnson, a noted wit. Boswell's record of Johnson's pithy remarks earned The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. recognition as one of the greatest biographies of Western literature. So skillful was his work that Johnson is perhaps better remembered for his sayings in the biography than for his own writings. What Boswell manuscripts were discovered in the 20th century? More...
Quotation of the Day
It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Coronation Day and Sihanouk's Birthday (2015)

The celebration of former King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday on October 31 has been combined with the October 29 anniversary of the coronation of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. Sihanouk abdicated in favor of his son in 2004. The three-day celebration is centered in Phnom Penh, around the Royal Palace. People from all over the country come to the capital city to watch parades, partake in cultural events, and see the elaborate fireworks display along the riverbank near the palace. More...
In the News

Daily Aspirin Cuts Hereditary Cancer Risk

One in every 1,000 people is afflicted with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that makes people vulnerable to a range of cancers including those of the bowel, uterus, and stomach. However, a recent study found that taking just two aspirins a day for at least two years reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch syndrome by 63 percent and cut the incidence of other cancers in half. Previous studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer, but this was the first time a randomized controlled trial specifically looking at the link between the two found this effect. More...
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