Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

fungicide

Definition:(noun) A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.
Synonyms:antifungal, antimycotic
Usage: Dr. Johnson prescribed a fungicide to treat her patient's athlete's foot.
Article of the Day

The Muppets

In 1954, Jim Henson got his first job as a local television puppeteer and soon created his alter ego, the debonair Kermit the Frog. He subsequently introduced several other "Muppets"—crosses between hand puppets and marionettes, with mobile, expressive faces and gesturing hands. In 1969, Henson and his associate Frank Oz brought Muppets like Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird to public television's Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Why are most Muppets left-handed? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

hunt where the ducks are

To pursue or look for one's objectives, results, or goals in the place where one is most likely to find them. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2017)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
In the News

Dietary Changes Could Help Kids with ADHD

There is no known cure for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a childhood disorder characterized by hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity, but a recent study found that following a restricted diet led to significant improvements in the symptoms of some ADHD sufferers. Children with ADHD are often treated with a combination of drugs and behavioral therapy, but in some children, the condition may actually be an allergic or hypersensitivity disorder. Thus, adjusting ADHD sufferers' diets by eliminating foods that might cause allergic reactions could improve symptoms. More...
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