Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

lettered

Definition:(adjective) Highly educated; having extensive information or understanding.
Synonyms:knowledgeable, well-read, learned
Usage: They are few in number, but it is a choice audience, a lettered audience.
Article of the Day

The Hammock

A hammock is a length of canvas or heavy netting suspended between two trees or other supports and used as a seat or bed. The hammock and its name were introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus, who encountered them in the New World. Hammocks have been used to save space on naval vessels and as a means of conveyance—similar to a stretcher—in tropical areas. They are symbolic of relaxation and are popular with hikers. A spreader bar can make a hammock wider but comes with what drawback? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi Assassinated (1921)

Cofounder of one of Japan's first political parties, Hara served as prime minister of Japan from 1918 to 1921, becoming the first commoner to be appointed to that office. During that time, he suppressed labor organization while extending suffrage to small landholders by lowering the property qualifications for voting. Hara also attempted to reduce the power of the military, which led to his assassination by a fanatic. Which of his possessions did he describe as his most valuable in his will? More...
Today's Birthday

Will Rogers (1879)

Rogers was an American humorist and actor. A cowboy in his youth, Rogers traveled the world before returning to the US to perform in vaudeville and Wild West shows as a rider and trick roper. The "cowboy philosopher's" homespun wit and salty commentary on current political and social events soon earned him a following through movies, books, radio, and a syndicated newspaper column. A champion of airplane travel, Rogers made several long plane trips, but died in a crash with what famous aviator? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who talks everlastingly and promiscuously, who seems to have an exhaustless magazine of sound, crowds so many words into his thoughts that he always obscures, and very frequently conceals them.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Today's Holiday

Mischief Night (2015)

The idea of letting children have a "lawless night" originated in England, and was often celebrated on May Day Eve (April 30) or on Halloween. But in the mid-17th century, when Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) became a national holiday, Guy Fawkes Eve became the most popular night for mischief in England, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is sometimes called Mischievous Night or Danger Night. More...
In the News

Color-Changing Liquid Can Detect HIV

Researchers in the UK have designed an inexpensive test that can detect HIV and some forms of cancer. The test can be customized to detect a specific signature of a certain disease or virus, causing a liquid to change either blue, for positive, or red, for negative. Scientists say the test can identify HIV in patients whose viral load is too low to be detected by current testing methods. Because it is less expensive than existing tests, it could make HIV testing more accessible to residents of poorer countries. However, the test is only a prototype, and requires further testing. More...
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