Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

habit-forming

Definition:(adjective) Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.
Synonyms:addictive
Usage: Cocaine is a habit-forming drug.
Article of the Day

Sigurd

Sigurd is a hero of German and Old Norse mythology noted for his strength and courage. He is one of the heroes of the Poetic Edda, the epic poem Nibelungenlied, where he is known as Siegfried, and Wagner's operatic tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung. He figures in many different and sometimes inconsistent legends and is said to have slain a dragon, won an accursed hoard of gold, and married a princess. What parallels can be drawn between Sigurd and the Greek hero Achilles? More...
This Day in History

USS Maine Sinks, Prompting the US to Declare War on Spain (1898)

In January 1898, the USS Maine was sent to protect American interests in Cuba, where an anti-Spanish insurrection was taking place. It sank weeks later, after an onboard explosion. Fueled by the conspiracy theories of American yellow journalism, outrage over the deaths of 260 of the ship's crew members helped push the nation toward the Spanish-American War. Several investigations into the sinking have since taken place, including one that was conducted in 1998. What were its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeremy Bentham (1748)

Bentham was a British moral philosopher and legal theorist. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his writings, he became the earliest expounder of utilitarianism—the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the greatest happiness for all those affected by it. His work inspired much reform legislation, especially regarding prisons. What was done with Bentham's body after his death, in accordance with his will? More...
Quotation of the Day
Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a cut above the rest

Better in quality than most others. More...
Today's Holiday

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) devoted her life to the temperance, anti-slavery, and women's suffrage movements. After the Civil War, she focused all of her energies on getting women the right to vote, which was achieved in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Tributes to Anthony take place on her birthday, February 15, in various parts of the country, and ceremonies honoring Anthony are often held at her grave in Rochester, New York. More...
In the News

Energy Drinks Could Be Dangerous for Youngsters

Sales of non-alcoholic energy drinks in the US are expected to reach $9 billion this year, and despite the fact that these products could pose a health risk to some children and young adults, youngsters account for half the market. Researchers reviewed numerous studies on the health effects of energy drinks, which contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants, and found cases of seizures, delusions, heart problems, and kidney and liver damage. Though the incidence of such health problems is low, certain groups of people, particularly youngsters, could be at greater risk. Researchers are calling for tighter regulation of the energy drink industry. More...
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