Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

ululate

Definition:(verb) Emit long loud cries.
Synonyms:howl, wail, yaup, yawl, roar
Usage: The mourners began to ululate loudly, shattering the meditative silence of the cemetery with their cries of grief.
Article of the Day

Barefoot Parks

Popular in Europe, barefoot parks are places where visitors can dispense with shoes and safely experience various landscape textures underfoot. Their well-maintained terrain affords visitors the opportunity to walk across different types of soil, wade through streams, and even practice climbing—all while barefoot. Some parks offer activities such as foot gymnastics, in which people can practice picking up objects with their feet. How might barefoot parks improve one’s overall comfort and health? More...
This Day in History

Jay's Treaty Signed (1794)

When unsettled controversies with England in the aftermath of the American Revolution threatened to involve the US in another war, President George Washington named Chief Justice John Jay as an envoy for the negotiation of a treaty. The agreement, concluded in 1794 and known as Jay's Treaty, averted war between the two nations, solved many outstanding issues, and opened 10 years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars. How was the treaty received in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)

A French diplomat and engineer, Lesseps conceived the idea of the Suez Canal while serving in Egypt. He supervised the construction and achieved world renown for the project. In 1878, he became president of the company formed to construct the Panama Canal, but lack of funds forced the project into bankruptcy amid charges of corruption. He was brought to trial for misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison but was later cleared. What monument did Lesseps present to the US in 1884? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Today's Holiday

Great American Smokeout (2015)

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More...
In the News

Twinkie-Maker Topples, Shoppers Stock Up

Twinkie fiends may soon be putting to the test the urban legend that the cream-filled cakes stay good for years, because the popular snack cake's maker, Hostess Brands Inc., is going out of business. The company has struggled financially for some time—emerging from a five-year period of bankruptcy in 2009 only to file again early this year. It is now seeking a US bankruptcy court's permission to close and sell its assets. Operations have been suspended at all of Hostess's US plants, and eBay sellers are already cashing in on the news, listing boxes of Twinkies for upwards of $100. More...
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