Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

toothsome

Definition:(adjective) Extremely pleasing to the sense of taste.
Synonyms:delectable, scrumptious, yummy, delicious, luscious
Usage: I cannot get enough of your toothsome honey-sweetened gingerbread!
Article of the Day

The GIUK Gap

The GIUK gap is a naval warfare bottleneck in the northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland (G), Iceland (I), and the United Kingdom (UK). Such geographic "chokepoints" are of strategic importance, as they form relatively narrow passages that are more easily patrolled and secured. During the Cold War, the West kept a close eye on Soviet submarine activity through the gap, while the Soviets monitored it for any forces headed their way. What monitoring system did the US develop for this purpose? More...
This Day in History

John F. Kennedy Defeats Richard Nixon for US Presidency (1960)

In 1960, Kennedy, a US senator, earned the Democratic nomination for president. In the campaign that followed, he engaged in a series of televised debates with his Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon. After a vigorous campaign managed by his brother Robert F. Kennedy and aided financially by his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, he defeated Nixon by a narrow popular margin. At 43, he became the youngest person ever, and the first Catholic, elected president. How did the debates affect the election? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Bradley (1836)

After working as a draftsman, Bradley introduced the first lithograph press to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. He printed and sold a new parlor game, "The Checkered Game of Life." It was so profitable that he formed Milton Bradley and Company in 1864 to print games and manuals. In 1878, he reorganized his business as the Milton Bradley Company, which long retained its position as a leading American manufacturer of games and toys. In 1869, his press published the first US book on what topic? More...
Quotation of the Day
When he stepped off the straight and narrow path of his peculiar honesty, it was with an inward assertion of unflinching resolve to fall back again into the monotonous but safe stride of virtue as soon as his little excursion into the wayside quagmires had produced the desired effect.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

put the wind up (someone)

To make someone very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Election Day (2016)

Election Day, the day on which Americans vote for their elected officials, is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Americans vote for their president and vice president every four years on that Tuesday. They vote for their U.S. representatives every two years during even-numbered years, and they vote for their U.S. senators every six years. Americans also vote for their state senators, state representatives, and many local officials on this day. More...
In the News

Test May Be Able to Predict Stuttering

Approximately 5 percent of individuals develop a stutter before the age of five. Many recover without any help, but about one in 100 continues to stutter as a teen. It is difficult to identify which stutterers will continue to do so as they age, but speech researchers say they are closer to developing a screening test that could predict which people are more likely to have a persistent stutter. They found that the test, which looks for symptoms like prolonged or partial repetition of words, is more reliable than other indicators, such as family history, across a wide age range. More...
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