Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

squashy

Definition:(adjective) (Of soil) soft and watery.
Synonyms:boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloughy, soggy, swampy, waterlogged, sloppy
Usage: The grass began to get squashy, and Kala Nag's feet sucked and squelched as he put them down.
Article of the Day

"Boss" Tweed

William Tweed was a US politician, now famous for his corruption, who in the 1850s gained influence in the Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall and used it to obtain leading positions in New York City government. He appointed political cronies to key posts and gained control of the city’s treasury, from which he plundered as much as $200 million. Exposure by the press eventually led to his conviction and imprisonment, but he escaped and fled to Spain. What led to his recapture? More...
This Day in History

Pink Floyd Releases Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon is a concept album by the rock group Pink Floyd that explores the nature of the human experience through themes such as money, war, mental illness, and death. It is considered by many fans to be the band's magnum opus. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time—it is estimated that one in every 14 people in the US under the age of 50 owns or owned a copy of this album. Many fans claim that the album's music provides an alternative soundtrack to what 1939 film? More...
Today's Birthday

James Earl Ray (1928)

Ray was a petty criminal who escaped from prison in 1967, while serving a sentence for armed robbery. On April 4, 1968, he is believed to have shot Martin Luther King, Jr., as King was emerging from his Memphis motel room. Ray then fled to Canada, England, Portugal, and back to England, where he was apprehended. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in prison but later recanted his confession. His unsuccessful pleas to have his case reopened were supported by which of King's relatives? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

boots and all

With maximum effort or enthusiasm; completely and without restraint. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour US Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Lab-Grown Urethras Deemed a Success

Six years ago, scientists implanted laboratory-grown urethras, created from the patients' own cells, in five young boys with damaged urethras. Within weeks, the boys were able to urinate through the new urethras, and the grafts have since continued to function normally. This groundbreaking treatment involved taking a small sample of bladder cells from each patient, growing them in a lab, and then applying them to a biodegradable tube-shaped mesh before transplantation. Experts say this success highlights the power of cell-based therapies, which may one day be used to help cure a host of medical problems, including blindness, diabetes, and heart failure. More...
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