Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

switchblade

Definition:(noun) A pocketknife having a spring-operated blade that opens instantly when a release on the handle is pressed.
Synonyms:flick-knife
Usage: When I heard his switchblade snap open, I knew that our verbal altercation was about to become something much more gruesome.
Article of the Day

The Boyars

The boyars were members of the upper nobility in Russia from the 10th through the 17th century. Their military support of the Kievan princes initially earned them influence and government posts, but soon land ownership became the main source of their power and prestige. The boyars continued to advise the prince through a council, but as the Moscow grand princes consolidated their power, their influence was gradually eroded until which czar abolished the rank and title of boyar? More...
This Day in History

William Tell Shoots an Apple Off His Son's Head (1307)

Tell is a famous Swiss folk hero who is remembered in a 15th-century chronicle as an expert marksman who assassinated a tyrannical Austrian governor. According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake and ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. When Tell refused, he was ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded and later escaped imprisonment to kill the governor—an event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832)

Nordenskiöld was a Finnish-born Swedish geologist, mineralogist, geographer, and explorer who wrote several valuable books on geography, cartography, and travel. In 1858, he settled in Stockholm and became professor and curator of mineralogy at the Swedish State Museum. He led several expeditions to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen between 1864 and 1873 and later became the first to sail from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage. He was also the first to break through what ice barrier? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a golden hello

A sum of money paid to a new employee as a benefit for being recruited by a company. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Battle of Vertières' Day (2016)

This official public holiday memorializes the last battle for Haitian independence on November 18, 1803, in which Haitian rebels defeated the French colonialists. The victory at Vertières, near the present-day port city of Cap-Haïtien, signified the end of a long freedom struggle that stretched out over two major phases. Less than two months after the battle, Haiti became the first black independent republic. More...
In the News

Blood Type Linked to Stroke Risk

It is possible that blood type affects stroke risk. Data show that people with type O blood are less likely than people with AB or women with B blood to suffer a stroke. Previous research linking A, B, and AB blood to an increased risk of heart attacks and blood clots in the legs and type O blood to an increased risk of bleeding seems to support the idea that blood type affects stroke risk. Still, the findings only show a link between blood type and stroke risk and do not prove that the former is to blame for variations in the latter. More...
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