Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

starchy

Definition:(adjective) Rigidly formal.
Synonyms:buckram, stiff
Usage: Though I often poke fun at the butler's starchy manner, I secretly love the formality and sophistication he brings to my everyday life.
Article of the Day

Penjing

Penjing is the ancient art of growing miniature trees in tiny containers. Originally developed in China, penjing was the precursor to bonsai, which was adopted by the Japanese. The trees are kept small and proportionate through careful pruning, feeding, and spare watering. Branches are trained in the desired shape by the application of wire coils. Weathered trees in harsh climates serve as natural models for the often gnarled, bent, and overhanging miniature trees. How old is penjing? More...
This Day in History

My Lai Massacre (1968)

During the Vietnam War, US troops searching for Viet Cong fighters massacred hundreds of civilians from the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Though they had not located any insurgents in My Lai, the soldiers opened fire on the villagers, killing men, women, and children. The incident was initially covered up by army officers. When it was revealed in the press nearly two years later, it divided the US public and increased pressure to end the war. How many soldiers were convicted for their crimes? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (1925)

Miramontes was a Mexican chemist whose extensive scientific contributions include numerous publications and nearly 40 national and international patents in different areas, including organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, petrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and polluting agents. However, Miramontes is best remembered for his synthesis, in 1951, of norethindrone, a progestational hormone that would be used as the base of one of the first forms of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are so often mean and so little that in decency they ought to be hid.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

bucket list

A list of accomplishments or tasks one hopes to do or achieve before one dies. "Bucket" here is taken from the phrase "kick the bucket," meaning to die. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Urho's Day (2016)

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the US was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
In the News

Stairs Still Hazardous for Youngsters

Every six minutes, a young child in the US ends up in the emergency room due to a stair-related injury. Between 1999 and 2008, an estimated 93,000 kids under the age of five were treated for stair-related injuries. Though the majority of the injuries were fairly mild and did not require hospitalization, about 10 percent of the children hurt on staircases suffered a broken bone. Over the course of the study period, the number of stair-related injuries steadily declined, but researchers say more can be done to help protect children, like installing gates at the tops and bottoms of staircases and thinner railings that are more easily gripped by small hands. More...
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