Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

imperil

Definition:(verb) Pose a threat to; present a danger to.
Synonyms:endanger, jeopardize, menace, threaten
Usage: You imperil the lives of other road users by driving drunk.
Article of the Day

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge in eastern China is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world, stretching 22 miles (35.7 km) across Hangzhou Bay and consisting of six traffic lanes and a central cable-stayed portion. Opened to the public in 2008, the bridge links the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in the Zhejiang province and cuts travel time between Shanghai and Ningbo from 4 to 2.5 hours. According to most definitions, it is the second longest bridge in the world. What is the longest? More...
This Day in History

René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Murdered by His Own Men (1687)

La Salle was a celebrated French explorer of North America. He began exploring the Great Lakes in 1679, setting up forts in the region and organizing a federation of native American tribes to fight the Iroquois. Given power to colonize the region between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, he set sail in 1684 for the mouth of the Mississippi River, which he was ultimately unable to locate. Beset by losses of men and ships, La Salle was killed by mutineers after having mistakenly landed where? More...
Today's Birthday

Wyatt Earp (1848)

Earp was an American frontiersman. In the 1870s, he worked as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where he befriended gunmen Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. He later worked as a guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. By 1881, he had moved to Tombstone, Arizona, living as a gambler and a saloon guard. His brother Virgil became town marshal, and his other brothers bought real estate and businesses. A feud with the Clanton gang ended in a shootout at the O.K. Corral, where what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

a week is a long time in politics

Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week. The phrase is attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, c. 1964. More...
Today's Holiday

The Russell Auction

The C. M. Russell Auction features an art auction, a celebration of western artist Charles M. Russell, and a western-style good time in Great Falls, Montana, where Russell had his home and studio. The affair began in 1969 to raise money for the C. M. Russell Museum. Events include seminars, dance demonstrations by the Blackfeet Indians, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture of western artists and an auction of their works, and a Quick Draw, in which artists have 30 minutes to draw any subject they want. Their quick draws are then auctioned. More...
In the News

Living Kidney Donor Passes HIV to Organ Recipient

The first transmission of HIV from a living organ donor to a recipient in the US since screening was implemented in 1985 has prompted a review of the current procedures and policies intended to prevent such an occurrence. In this case, the screening was properly conducted, however, the donor apparently contracted the virus in the days leading up to the surgery, after the testing had already been done. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that donors be tested no more than seven days before their organs are removed and transplanted. More...
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