Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

repletion

Definition:(noun) The state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more.
Synonyms:satiation, satiety
Usage: Then Tarzan and Sheeta feasted to repletion.
Article of the Day

The Molotov Cocktail

A Molotov cocktail is a makeshift bomb made of a breakable container, often a glass bottle, that is filled with flammable liquid and given a simple fuse, which is lit just before it is hurled at a target. It was named for Vyacheslav Molotov, a Soviet statesman who negotiated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany. A communist from 1906, he changed his name from Skriabin to Molotov—which means "hammer"—to escape imperial police. Why was the weapon named for him? More...
This Day in History

First Pan American Games Are Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1951)

The Pan American Games is a multi-sport event open to competitors from all nations of the Western Hemisphere. Patterned after the Olympic Games and sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the games are held every four years in the year preceding the Summer Olympic Games. Argentina took home more medals than any other country in the first Pan American Games, however, the US has since become the overall medal leader, with a current total of 3,915. Who lights the Pan American torch? More...
Today's Birthday

George Harrison (1943)

Harrison was a British rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the Beatles' main songwriters, Harrison, "the quiet Beatle," generally wrote or sang lead on a few songs per album. His later compositions included hits such as "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something." Harrison also penned "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which features what guest musician on lead guitar? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

against the collar

Difficult, exhausting, or problematic. The phrase originates from the collar on a horse's harness, which tightens on the horse's neck when it travels uphill. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuwait National Day (2016)

This national holiday commemorates Kuwait's independence from Britain in 1961. Though internally governed by the Sabah family, Kuwait had had its foreign affairs handled by Britain since 1899. More...
In the News

Moderate Drinking Good for the Heart

Researchers who reviewed dozens of studies conducted over three decades say that moderate drinking—defined as no more than one glass of alcohol a day for women and up to two glasses a day for men—could help reduce the risk of heart disease. The data showed a 14 to 25 percent reduction in heart disease in moderate drinkers compared with non-drinkers. In addition, a separate meta-analysis by the same research group found that moderate daily alcohol consumption increases the levels of so-called good cholesterol in the body. More...
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