Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

saunter

Definition:(verb) Walk leisurely and with no apparent aim.
Synonyms:stroll
Usage: The teacher watched his students saunter back into the school building after lunch, apparently in no hurry to get to class on time.
Article of the Day

Witch Balls

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass that was originally hung in windows to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells, or ill fortune. According to folk tales, the bright colors of witch balls, traditionally green or blue, would entice evil spirits, and strands inside the ball would capture them and prevent them from escaping. The colorful spheres eventually became popular simply as decorative objects. What modern decorations may have been inspired by witch balls? More...
This Day in History

Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic, did what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

call it even

To acknowledge or consider a situation or exchange as being equal or equitable, as regarding debt, status, ability, a contest, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

Gadgets Interfering with a Good Night's Sleep

Despite the fact that exposure to artificial light before bed can increase alertness and suppress the release of melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone, nearly 95% of respondents in a recent US study said they used some type of electronic device in the hour before going to bed. In addition, because people are not turning off their mobile devices when they go to sleep, many are woken during the night by cellphone calls, texts, and emails. One in 10 kids report being woken by texts, and researchers believe this is taking a toll, as teens were also found to be the most sleep-deprived age group surveyed. More...
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