Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

demonstrable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being demonstrated or proved.
Synonyms:provable
Usage: The mother showed a demonstrable lack of concern for the general welfare of her children, so they were taken away from her.
Article of the Day

White Elephants

A "white elephant" is an expensive possession that is a financial burden to maintain. The expression derives from Southeast Asian monarchs' practice of making gifts of rare albino elephants, which, although sacred in South Asia and a sign of the ruler’s favor, were very expensive to keep and could not be sold or used for work. White elephants were thus both a blessing and a curse. According to tradition, what role did a white elephant play in the birth of the Buddha? More...
This Day in History

William II Becomes King of the Netherlands (1840)

William served in the Peninsular War, was wounded at Waterloo, and led the Dutch army in the Belgian revolution after his father failed to approve his conciliation efforts. Called to the throne upon his father's abdication in 1840, William was immediately confronted with a financial crisis, which was solved by raising a "voluntary loan" among the people. A conservative leader, he resisted constitutional revision until the revolutionary spirit of 1848 induced him to grant what desired reforms? More...
Today's Birthday

Caesar Rodney (1728)

Rodney was a key American Revolutionary leader. As a member of the Continental Congress, when he heard of the deadlock on the vote for independence, he rode 80 miles through a thunderstorm to arrive in Philadelphia "in his boots and spurs" on July 2, 1776—just in time to cast the decisive vote in favor of independence. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved two days later, and Rodney became a signatory on August 2. Soon after, he was elected president of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a sneaking suspicion

To have a slight but persistent premonition or intuition (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

National Shrimp Festival (2016)

This waterside festival is held for four days in Gulf Shores, Alabama, drawing crowds estimated at 200,000. The festival began in this shrimping and resort area in 1971 as a one-day celebration to liven things up after Labor Day. The big event was a shrimp-cooking contest, and shrimp dishes have been in the forefront since, with lots of jambalaya and kabobs. Also on the menu are such dishes as shark and Greek foods, including seafood gyros. Events of the festival include a children's art village, an air show, live musical entertainment, and arts and crafts displays. More...
In the News

Coffee-Drinking Women Less Depressed

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help stave off depression. A study of more than 50,000 US female nurses found that those who regularly consume caffeine are less likely to develop depression and that the risk of depression decreases as consumption increases. Drinking four cups of coffee a day was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of depression. The findings are consistent with previous research linking caffeine consumption with a lower risk of depression and suicide. More...
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