Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

incertitude

Definition:(noun) The state of being unsure of something.
Synonyms:doubtfulness, dubiousness, uncertainty
Usage: Here, too, he was disappointed; and then all was afloat, in the painful incertitude of doubt and conjecture.
Article of the Day

Olives

Differences in appearance, flavor, and oil content distinguish different varieties of olives, of which there are several hundred. Many have been cultivated since ancient times, with some developed especially for oil extraction. Of the olives meant for eating, green ones are picked when full-grown but unripe and are often pitted and stuffed with pimientos or anchovies. Ripe olives, usually purplish black, are richer in oil. According to Greek mythology, the olive was a gift to mankind from whom? More...
This Day in History

First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees. About how many trees were planted on the first Arbor Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

cut it close

To do or complete something very near to its limit, especially of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2016)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and, later, The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
In the News

Chemical in the Home Linked to Earlier Menopause

Women exposed to high levels of perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, may go through menopause at an earlier age than other women. PFCs have been used for some time in a wide range of household products, including non-stick pans, plastic food containers, and furniture, but recent studies suggest they act as endocrine disruptors, meaning that they interfere with normal hormone function. A 2004 US government study detected PFCs in the blood of 98 percent of participants, while a more recent study found that among women over the age of 42, those with higher blood levels of PFCs were more likely to have gone through menopause and to have lower estrogen levels than other women. More...
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