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

University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L'Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women's rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women's suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? 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)

Idiom of the Day

good books

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good books" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2016)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. 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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