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

Ken Jennings's Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)

In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive games on the television game show Jeopardy!—the longest streak in the program's history. His extensive knowledge of trivia earned him more than $2.5 million. Ratings for the show during his unprecedented streak increased by 22 percent. On his 75th appearance, the final answer was "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." Jennings incorrectly responded with "What is FedEx?" What was the correct response? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Chisholm was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1968, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in Congress. During her 15 years in the House, she was known for her strong, liberal views, including her opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War and her advocacy of employment programs. As a candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race. How many assassination attempts did she survive during her campaign? 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)

Idiom of the Day

good for nothing

Entirely without value; of no use whatsoever. (Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Andrew's Day (2016)

St. Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus, but he is primarily known today as the patron saint of Scotland. St. Andrew's association with Scotland didn't come about until four centuries after his death, when some of his relics were brought there. Scots continue the custom of wearing a "St. Andrew's cross" on November 30, which consists of blue and white ribbons shaped like the letter X. The tradition for this form of a cross began no earlier than the 13th century. 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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