Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

strabismus

Definition:(noun) Abnormal alignment of one or both eyes.
Synonyms:squint
Usage: Andrew's strabismus has hampered his vision for years, but he is finally exploring the medical options available to correct the defect.
Article of the Day

The Mafeking Cadet Corps

During South Africa's Second Boer War, British Colonel Robert Baden-Powell was charged with defending the town of Mafeking in a 217-day siege that began in 1899. Baden-Powell, who would go on to create the Boy Scout movement eight years later, utilized a team of local boys as volunteers to support the troops, assist in hospitals, and act as lookouts. Led by young Warner Goodyear, the uniformed cadets delivered messages on their bicycles amid incoming shells. Were any of them killed? More...
This Day in History

San Marino Adopts Its Constitution (1600)

Occupying just 24 sq mi (62 sq km), San Marino is the world's smallest republic and, having enacted a constitution in 1600, perhaps Europe's oldest existing republic. According to tradition, St. Marinus, a Christian stonecutter, took refuge in the 4th century on Mount Titano, and the community of San Marino was soon formed. Because of its relatively inaccessible location, it has since maintained its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Who did San Marino harbor during WWII? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Taylor Mill (1807)

Harriet Taylor Mill was a philosopher and women's rights advocate who is largely remembered for the influence she had on her second husband, John Stuart Mill, one of the preeminent thinkers of the 19th century. The two met while Harriet was still married. Two years after her first husband died, Harriet and John married following a 20-year friendship. She read and commented on all of his material, and he considered her an equal collaborator. What essays did Harriet write during their marriage? More...
Quotation of the Day
This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. More...
Today's Holiday

Eo e Emalani i Alaka'i Festival (2016)

This annual outdoor celebration takes place on the second Saturday in October in Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i, Hawaii. It is a joyous commemoration of the journey of Queen Emma Naea Rooke in 1871 to the upper reaches of Kilohana Viewpoint. At the festival, a woman from the Halau and an entourage re-enact Queen Emma's entrance to the mountain meadow, where they are greeted by hula dancers who offer ancient chants and special dances to the party. The day's activities also include demonstrations of local crafts, including lauhala (fan and mat) weaving and Ni'ihau shell lei-making. More...
In the News

Fewer American Teens Drinking and Driving

Teen drinking and driving rates in the US have fallen 54 percent over the past 20 years, from 22.3 percent in 1991 to just 10.3 percent in 2011. Much of the change has been attributed to tougher drunk driving laws and driving restrictions for young drivers. The fact that high school students are also driving less nowadays, possibly as a result of higher prices at the pump and the poor economy, may also have played a role. It is hoped that this downward trend in drinking and driving will continue, as too many teens, nearly one million last year, still get behind the wheel after drinking. More...
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