Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

caries

Definition:(noun) Soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth.
Synonyms:tooth decay, cavity
Usage: Failure to properly care for one's teeth can lead to the development of painful caries.
Article of the Day

The Kremlin

A kreml, in Russian, is a citadel or walled city center. Several Russian cities have such structures, but the most famous one is in Moscow and is known simply as "the Kremlin." It was the residence Russia’s czars until 1712, and in 1918, it became the Soviet Union's political and administrative center. Triangular and surrounded by crenellated walls, it occupies 90 acres (36.4 hectares) in the historic core of Moscow, a site that has been continuously inhabited since what century BCE? More...
This Day in History

Nazis "Liquidate" Poland's Kraków Ghetto (1943)

In 1941, the Nazis ordered all remaining Jews in the Polish city of Kraków—15,000 of an original 68,000—to move into a walled-off district of the city, thereafter known as the Kraków ghetto. The systematic deportation of these Jews to concentration camps began in May 1942. On March 13 and 14, 1943, the deportation of 8,000 Jews to a nearby camp and the killing of 2,000 in the streets completed the Nazi's "liquidation" of the ghetto. What non-Jewish ghetto resident saved countless Jewish lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Eaton Travis (1904)

Travis was a Broadway and film performer who began her career at the age of 14 by joining the Ziegfeld Follies, the long-running annual Broadway revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate theatrical productions and chorus of beautiful women, known as the Ziegfeld Girls after the show's producer. Travis, who became one of the stars of the revue, lived to the age of 106 and was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. What did she do in the 74 years after her show-business career ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

broken record

A person or thing that repeats itself over and over again. Likened to vinyl records that when severely scratched (i.e., "broken") can loop over the same recorded segment endlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Canberra Day

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, was founded on March 12, 1913. Unusual in that it is one of the few world capitals planned from the ground up, the city and its giant ornamental pond, Lake Burley Griffin, were built out of a depression in a dusty plain about 200 miles southwest of Sydney. The city's founding celebration marks the end of the two-week Canberra National Multicultural Festival, an outdoor community event that encompasses everything from hot-air balloon rides and a car show to fireworks and musical performances. More...
In the News

Elephants Learn Quickly to Cooperate

It was long thought that learning and cooperation were limited to primates, but it turns out that this is not the case. In recent tests involving food rewards placed on a platform attached to a rope, elephants figured out as quickly as chimpanzees that they could only recover the treats by working together. When one elephant arrived at the testing site before its partner, it quickly learned to wait for its buddy before attempting the task. Additionally, if only one of the elephants was able to reach its end of the rope, it would not bother to try pulling it at all, recognizing that the task could not be completed without the simultaneous help of its partner. More...
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