Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

inedible

Definition:(adjective) Not suitable for food.
Synonyms:uneatable
Usage: Though it may look delicious, plastic fruit is inedible and should be used for display only.
Article of the Day

Friendship

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that "friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." He divided friendships into three types: the useful, friendship as a common enterprise; the pleasant, friendship as entertaining companionship; and the good or virtuous, friendship as mutual esteem. Modern studies have linked friendships with personal wellbeing, yet studies indicate that, at least in the US, friendships are on the decline. How many confidants does the average US citizen have? More...
This Day in History

Public Streetcar Service Begins in New York City (1832)

The first streetcars, which were drawn by horses, were introduced in New York City. The first electric streetcar system for urban passenger service in the US was introduced about 50 years later in Cleveland. The use of streetcars expanded in the US until World War I. Since then, most have been replaced by buses, although many still remain in use, and new streetcar systems have been introduced in some cities. What is the difference between a streetcar and a trolley? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles M. Schulz (1922)

Schulz was the creator of the enormously popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts, which ran continuously from 1950 until 2000, when Schulz announced its end shortly before his death. The strip's principal characters are Charlie Brown, a gentle, puzzled boy, usually failing, yet always persevering; Lucy, his bossy, know-it-all friend; Linus, a philosophical tyke with a security blanket; and Snoopy, a romantic, self-deluded beagle. Before Peanuts, Schulz worked for what magazine? More...
Quotation of the Day
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Day (2015)

Thousands of visitors flock to Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving Day to watch the annual procession from Plymouth Rock to the First Parish Church. Each marcher represents one of the men, women, and children who survived the 1620 trip from England aboard the Mayflower to form the settlement known as Plimoth Plantation. The modern-day Plimoth Plantation is a living-history village that recreates Pilgrim life in 1627. Each November, Plimoth offers a variety of programs as well as period dining that features original Thanksgiving Day foods. More...
In the News

BPA Levels Soar after Eating Canned Soup

People who eat canned soup may be getting more than they bargained for. A study of 75 volunteers found that the compound bisphenol A (BPA), used in the lining of canned foods to prevent rusting and maintain freshness, was readily ingested when they ate canned soup. Just one serving a day appeared to increase BPA levels 20-fold. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it mimics the body's own hormones, and it has been linked with a number of adverse health effects. Many countries have already banned its use in baby bottles. More...
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