Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

devotee

Definition:(noun) An ardent follower and admirer.
Synonyms:buff, lover, fan
Usage: He became a devotee of the moving-picture shows, spending as much as twenty and thirty cents a day and resolutely sitting out every repetition of program.
Article of the Day

Marsyas

According to Greek mythology, Marsyas was a satyr—a half-man, half-goat creature prone to merrymaking—who found a flute discarded by the goddess Athena and became so proficient at playing it that he challenged the lyre-playing god Apollo to a contest. Apollo accepted on the condition that the winner would earn the right to do whatever he wanted to the loser. The Muses, acting as judges, naturally awarded the contest to Apollo, who promptly punished the presumptuous Marsyas in what cruel fashion? 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
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth—certainly the machine will wear out.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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

Astronauts at Risk of Eye and Brain Damage

Long periods of weightlessness could have detrimental effects on eyesight. Medical tests detected abnormalities in the brains and eyes of some astronauts who spent more than 30 days in space, including expansion of the cerebral spinal fluid space surrounding the optic nerve, flattening of the rear of the eyeball, bulging of the optic nerve, and changes in the pituitary gland and its connection to the brain. These types of abnormalities are typically seen in cases of intracranial hypertension, a condition in which there is a buildup of pressure within the skull that can eventually lead to vision loss. More...
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