Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

numismatist

Definition:(noun) A collector and student of money (and coins in particular).
Synonyms:coin collector
Usage: I'm not sure that I would go so far as to call myself a numismatist, but I do have jars and jars full of change at home.
Article of the Day

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard masses of minerals and organic matter that form in the kidneys. Small stones may be eliminated with the normal passage of urine, but larger stones can obstruct the urinary system, causing severe pain and infection. Because most kidney stones are composed of calcium salts, it was thought that a diet high in calcium encouraged their development. However, there is evidence suggesting that the opposite holds true. What can you do to reduce your risk for kidney stones? More...
This Day in History

The Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Balfour Declaration was a British government statement promising the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine that would not disturb non-Jews already living there. The British anticipated gaining a mandate over Palestine after WWI and hoped to win over Jewish public opinion for the Allies. They also hoped that pro-British settlers would help protect the approaches to the Suez Canal, a vital link to Britain's South Asian possessions. Who actually wrote the declaration? More...
Today's Birthday

Warren G. Harding (1865)

With promises to the war-weary American public of a "return to normalcy" in the wake of WWI, Harding was elected 29th president of the US. However, his administration soon earned a reputation for corruption. As an investigation into what proved to be the Teapot Dome scandal began, he traveled to Alaska, where he was informed of the corruption about to be exposed. While en route home, he became mysteriously ill, allegedly from food poisoning, and suddenly died. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
So dear I love him that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

have the feel of (something)

To have a general sense of how to do or use something or how something operates; to be familiar with something. More...
Today's Holiday

All Souls' Day (2016)

It was St. Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century proposed that the day after All Saints' Day be set aside in honor of the departed—particularly those whose souls were in purgatory. Today, the souls of all the faithful departed are commemorated. In many Catholic countries, people attend churches and visit family graves on this day to honor their ancestors. In Mexico, it is a national holiday called Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). Orthodox Christians commemorate the dead on the second Saturday before Lent begins and on the day before Pentecost. More...
In the News

Imported Pets Probably Brought Flesh-Eating Fungus to Europe

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has turned public attention to the threat of disease transmission across borders and oceans, but people are not the only ones at risk in this age of international travel. Europe's newts and salamanders are in danger of being wiped out by a flesh-eating fungus likely brought to the continent by pet amphibians imported from Asia. Asian salamanders are capable of carrying Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans without suffering serious illness, but the fungus is lethal to most European species and has already devastated the Netherlands' fire salamander population. More...
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