Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

comely

Definition:(adjective) Very pleasing to the eye.
Synonyms:bonny, sightly, fair
Usage: The door was opened by a comely young woman, with ruddy cheeks and a bright, kind eye that promised conversation.
Article of the Day

Cockney Rhyming Slang

Cockney rhyming slang has its roots in London's East End, where it was likely developed to confuse outsiders. It entails substituting a short phrase for a word with which it rhymes—like "butcher's hook" for "look"—and then dropping the part that rhymes, resulting in seemingly nonsensical constructions such as "Have a butcher's." Many of these sayings have since entered the common lexicon, though speakers are generally unaware of their origins. How was the phrase "put up your dukes" derived? More...
This Day in History

Project Tiger Launched (1973)

Though trophy hunting of tigers is no longer the popular "sport" it once was, things like habitat loss, loss of prey, and poaching continue to threaten tiger populations. In the past century alone, tiger populations shrank by over 90%. In 1973, India launched a wildlife conservation movement called Project Tiger to protect tigers in specially designated reserves throughout India. What do the latest estimates indicate about the current tiger population in India? More...
Today's Birthday

William Harvey (1578)

The personal doctor of kings James I and Charles I, Harvey was an English physician whom many credit with laying the foundation of modern medicine. Although his work was not fully substantiated until centuries later, he contributed greatly to the advance of comparative anatomy and embryology. Most importantly, he was the first to demonstrate the function of the heart and complete circulation of the blood, a feat that is especially remarkable because it was accomplished without the aid of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not violence that best overcomes hate—nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

conspicuous consumption

The lavish expenditure of money or acquisition of expensive items as a public display of one's wealth or financial success. More...
Today's Holiday

Greek Cypriot National Day (2016)

This holiday marks the anniversary of the 1955 start of the Greek Cypriot liberation struggle against British colonial forces. The Turkish community, which preferred an alliance with Turkey, also took up arms, complicating the struggle. Greek Cypriot National Day is celebrated in South Cyprus, which is the Greek partitioned part of the island. Almost all public services and most private shops are closed. The holiday is often celebrated with parades in city streets, along with music, dancing and flag-waving. More...
In the News

Murdering Medics—ICU Team Suspected of the Unthinkable

One of the fundamental principles of medicine is "first do no harm," but a Brazilian intensive care unit doctor and her team stand accused of doing precisely the opposite. The doctor faces charges of aggravated first degree murder for allegedly ending the lives of seven of her patients in order to free up bed space in the unit and is being investigated for her role in as many as 300 deaths. Seven other members of her medical team—three doctors, three nurses, and a physiotherapist—are also alleged to have taken part in the killings. More...
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