Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

chummy

Definition:(adjective) (Used informally) Associated on close terms.
Synonyms:buddy-buddy, thick
Usage: The bartender is chummy with his regular customers.
Article of the Day

The Seleucid Empire

Carved from the empire of Alexander the Great after his death, the Seleucid Empire stretched from India to what is now Bulgaria, and included Babylonia, Syria, and Anatolia. Alexander had died without a viable heir, leaving the empire unstable, and Seleucus—who had served under him—saw his chance. By the year 305 BCE, he had declared himself king of a vast, diverse empire that would persist for centuries. The eventual collapse of the empire was hastened by the revolt of what group of people? More...
This Day in History

The Orangeburg Massacre (1968)

In the Orangeburg massacre, local police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of about 200 people protesting segregation, killing three students and injuring 27 others. Although the incident predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State killings and was the first incident of its kind on a US college campus, the Orangeburg Massacre received relatively little media coverage. On that day, the demonstrators were gathered to protest the segregation of what type of facility? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Chopin (1851)

A St. Louis, Missouri, native, Chopin moved to Louisiana when she married at the age of 20. After her husband passed away, she returned to St. Louis and began her professional writing career. Now considered a forerunner of 20th-century feminist authors, Chopin gained attention with her many short stories featuring Creole tales and New Orleans culture but virtually stopped publishing after her novel The Awakening was heavily criticized on what grounds? More...
Quotation of the Day
The worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realized by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

bald-faced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise his or her mendacity. More...
Today's Holiday

Hobart Royal Regatta

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an aquatic carnival that includes sailing, rowing, and swimming events, as well as fireworks and parades. It is a holiday in Tasmania, Australia, and is held on the Derwint River in early February during Australia's summer season. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state. A similar holiday in northern Tasmania is observed on the first Monday in November and is called Recreation Day. More...
In the News

Vegetarians Have Healthier Hearts

A study of more than 44,000 people in the UK has found that vegetarians are less likely to die or be hospitalized as a result of heart disease. A vegetarian diet can impact heart health in myriad ways, as evidenced by the fact that vegetarians in this study tended to have lower blood pressure, lower levels of "bad" cholesterol, and a greater likelihood of being of healthy weight than their meat-eating counterparts. Still, simply cutting meat out of one's diet is not enough to ensure cardiovascular wellness. Even vegetarians must make wise food choices and maintain a balanced diet. More...
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