Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

roomer

Definition:(noun) A tenant in someone's house.
Synonyms:boarder, lodger
Usage: My aunt took in roomers for years and is still in touch with many of her former tenants.
Article of the Day

Allergies

An allergy is an abnormally high sensitivity to an otherwise harmless foreign substance, or allergen, that leads to an exaggerated response of the natural immune defense mechanism. Allergens can be airborne substances, infectious agents, foods, contactants, or physical agents; and reactions can range from the relatively benign runny nose to severe inflammation, anaphylactic shock, and even death. Why do some scientists believe that children with no siblings are more prone to allergies? More...
This Day in History

The Tenerife Disaster (1977)

The Tenerife Disaster was a passenger plane accident that resulted in the highest number of fatalities of any single accident in aviation history, excluding ground fatalities. It occurred when two Boeing 747s, a KLM flight in the midst of takeoff and a PanAm flight taxing in the opposite direction, collided at Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people. What bombing led both planes to be diverted to the Tenerife airport in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Vaughan (1924)

"The Divine One," Sarah Vaughan was an American jazz contralto with a vast range who worked as a soloist for much of her career. As a child, Vaughan studied piano and organ and began singing in her church choir. As a teenager, she won the famous amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater and was featured with bandleader Earl Hines. One of jazz's finest vocalists, she learned much from the horn stylings of what bebop musicians with whom she recorded in 1945? More...
Quotation of the Day
I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy (2016)

The birthday of the Goddess of Mercy is a celebration of Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") of infinite compassion and mercy. Depicted as both masculine and feminine, and one of the most beloved of Buddhist deities, he or she is accepted not only by Buddhists but also by the Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans. Women especially celebrate Kuan Yin. In Malaysia, hundreds of devotees bearing joss sticks, fruit, flowers, and sweet cakes gather at temples dedicated to Kuan Yin to pray for her benevolence. At the old temple at Jalan Pitt, Penang, puppet shows are staged in celebration of her. More...
In the News

Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar

Many commercially sold fruit drinks and juices give kids a full day's worth of sugar in a single serving, a new British study shows. One U.S. expert said she wasn't surprised by the finding. "I believe the results would be very similar if this study was ... More...
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