Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

peccadillo

Definition:(noun) A petty misdeed.
Synonyms:indiscretion
Usage: I have stayed with my husband for the sake of our children, but I can tolerate his frequent peccadilloes no longer.
Article of the Day

Starbucks

The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle in 1971 by two teachers and a writer who wanted to sell high-quality coffee beans and machines. Today, there are about 8,569 locations worldwide. Starbucks' immense popularity has sparked controversy, with some criticizing its fair-trade policies, labor relations, and environmental impact, and holding it as a paragon of what they see as US cultural and economic imperialism. What are the origins of the Starbucks name and logo? More...
This Day in History

CN Tower Becomes World's Tallest Free-Standing Structure (1975)

In 1975, the final portion of the antenna atop Canada's CN Tower was set in place, completing the tower and officially making it the tallest free-standing structure on land. At 1,815 ft (553 m) in height, the CN Tower surpassed the previous record holder, Russia's Ostankino Tower, by 43 ft (13 m) but was itself surpassed in 2007 by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. According to a study, the CN Tower is struck by lightning more than any other structure in Toronto. How did ice affect the tower in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Andersen (1805)

Andersen was a Danish writer best known for his many collections of fairy tales, in which he broke with literary tradition and employed the idioms and constructions of spoken language. His stories are imaginative combinations of universal elements from folk legend and include such favorites as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." While some reveal an optimistic belief in the ultimate triumph of goodness and beauty, others are deeply pessimistic. What else did Andersen write? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Tater Days

Considered the oldest trade day in the US, Tater Day is now a celebration of the sweet potato in Benton, Kentucky. The event started in 1843 when sweet potatoes were a staple crop of the area. Today, the "tater" is honored with a parade, flea market, gospel music, arts and crafts exhibits, and a Miss Tater Day contest. Most of the food served is some kind of sweet potato concoction. More...
In the News

Cocoa Extract Linked to Heart Health

Mars, Inc., maker of M&M's, Snickers, Twix, and various other chocolaty confections, is partnering with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study whether flavanols in cocoa can boost heart health and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies indicate that cocoa flavanols improve blood pressure, cholesterol, artery health, and other cardiologic measures. But don't go gorging yourself on candy bars just yet; the flavanols are often destroyed when cocoa is processed. Thus, flavanol capsules rather than chocolate bars are the preferred delivery method and will be used throughout the course of the four-year study. More...
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