Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

indiscretion

Definition:(noun) A petty misdeed.
Synonyms:peccadillo
Usage: He had awakened with a terrible headache and a sense of some hideous indiscretion.
Article of the Day

The James Ossuary

Dating to the 1st century CE, the James Ossuary is a limestone box containing human bones. There is little doubt the ossuary is authentic, but there has been great controversy over its Aramaic inscription: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." Its owner, Israeli antiquities dealer Oded Golan, was prosecuted by Israeli authorities who charge that the inscription, or at least the last part of it, is a forgery—a stance also held by many, but not all, scholars. Where was the ossuary discovered? More...
This Day in History

Steam Locomotive Flying Scotsman Sets Speed Record (1934)

The legendary no. 4472 Flying Scotsman steam locomotive was built by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 for use as a long-distance express train. The no. 4472 holds a number of records, including being the first locomotive to complete a nonstop run from London, England, to Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1934, the Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph (160.9 km/h). What distance record did the train set in 1989? More...
Today's Birthday

Mark Twain (1835)

Twain was an American author who, as a humorist, narrator, and social observer, is unsurpassed in American literature. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Twain grew up in a port town on the Mississippi River and eventually became a river pilot. He first won fame with the comic masterpiece "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." His 1885 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been called the first modern American novel. According to Twain, how did he acquire his pen name? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer; in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Barbados Independence Day (2015)

After having been a British colony since the 17th century, Barbados became independent on this day in 1966. A ceremony took place near the capital city of Bridgetown, during which the British flag was lowered and replaced by the Barbados flag, and the national anthem was sung. Today, festivities extend through the month of November with the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts. On Independence Day, festivities include exhibits of art work and photography and culminate with a parade and the final appearance of performers. More...
In the News

Effervescent Medicines Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

In recent years, there has been a push to get food producers to cut the salt content of their products and to get individuals to cut their sodium intake, but the pharmaceutical industry could be unintentionally sabotaging these efforts and in fact putting millions of people at risk. Effervescent, dispersible, and soluble medicines contain high levels of salt and have been linked to a 16 percent increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, or vascular death compared with patients taking lower-sodium versions of the same medications. Some of these drugs contain so much sodium that a person taking the maximum daily dose would exceed the daily recommended sodium limit without any other sodium source. More...
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