Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

twaddle

Definition:(verb) Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly.
Synonyms:blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, gabble, gibber, clack, maunder, chatter
Usage: The two teens twaddled about what they had eaten for lunch that day until the teacher tersely told them to pay attention.
Article of the Day

Society of United Irishmen

Founded in Belfast in 1791 by Theobald Wolfe Tone—who was frustrated by the use of the English patronage to control Irish politics—the Society of United Irishmen was ostensibly dedicated to legislative reform. From the outset, however, it harbored an undercurrent of revolutionary sentiment encouraged by the French Revolution. The movement spread rapidly throughout Ireland and was forced underground in 1794. Eventually, it sparked a rebellion. Tone escaped hanging by taking what extreme measure? More...
This Day in History

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Kills 146 (1911)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was a clothing manufacturer that occupied the top three floors of a 10-story building in New York. In 1911, a small fire flared up in a dustbin on the 8th floor and quickly spread. Tragically, a number of doors had been locked by management to prevent theft, and fire truck ladders only reached the 6th floor. Dozens of workers jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration, while others burned alive. What sweeping safety reforms were prompted by the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925)

O'Conner was an American writer, considered a master of the short story form and the Southern Gothic style. In stories that reflect her strong Catholic faith, her often grotesque characters are placed in extreme situations that impel them toward redemption. O'Conner spent most of her life on her mother's farm in Georgia, where she died of lupus at the age of 39. When she was just six years old, she became a minor celebrity for teaching a chicken to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Annunciation of the Lord (2017)

This day celebrates the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary announcing that she was to become the mother of Jesus. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation is commonly called Lady Day. Greek Orthodox Christians refer to this day as the Annunciation of the Theotokos. In Sweden it was called Varfrudagen, "Our Lady's Day." Common pronunciation turned it into Vaffeldagen, or "Waffle Day." This is the source of heart-shaped waffle irons: the waffles commemorate the heart of the Virgin Mary. More...
In the News

Crash Risk Cut in Coffee-Drinking Truckers

Driving when tired is unquestionably dangerous, but when one's livelihood hangs in the balance, it is sometimes difficult to do the responsible thing and pull over. Still, about 70 percent of the truckers surveyed in a recent Australian study said that they do just that when they feel fatigued. Drinking coffee or other caffeine-containing beverages is another, though likely less effective, way to boost alertness behind the wheel and reduce crash risk. Researchers found that truckers who consumed caffeine to keep from dozing while driving were 63 percent less likely to have an accident than those who did not. More...
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