Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

harebrained

Definition:(adjective) Very foolish.
Synonyms:insane, mad
Usage: She devised a harebrained scheme to get her money back, but it ended up landing her in jail.
Article of the Day

Zhaozhou Bridge

The Zhaozhou Bridge is the oldest standing bridge in China and the world's oldest open-spandrel stone segmental arch bridge. It was constructed between 595 and 605 CE, during the Sui Dynasty, and is credited to the design of a craftsman named Li Chun. In the 1400 years that it has stood spanning the Xiao River in Hebei Province, the 167-ft- (51-m-) long bridge has survived several wars and floods and numerous earthquakes. What is the only portion of the bridge that has been regularly replaced? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Clontarf (1014)

The Battle of Clontarf was a decisive battle fought between Irish forces under the high king of Ireland, Brian Boru, and a Viking army formed by Sitric, king of the Dublin Norse. Brian's forces defeated the Vikings at Clontarf, near Dublin, but he was killed shortly thereafter by fleeing Norsemen. Brian's victory broke Viking power in Ireland, but, without a king, the country split into small, separate kingdoms that then fought one another. What was Wolf the Quarrelsome's role in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Temple (1928)

A precocious performer known for her dimples and golden curls, Temple was a child actress who became America's most popular female star and Hollywood's top box office attraction in the Great Depression era. In 1934, she made nine movies, leaping to stardom with Little Miss Marker and winning a special Academy Award that year. She effectively retired from moviemaking in 1950. As an adult, Temple served as a US delegate to the UN General Assembly and as US ambassador to what countries? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

the devil is in the detail(s)

Plans, actions, or situations that seem sound must be carefully examined, because minor details can end up causing major, unforeseen problems. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkey National Sovereignty and Children's Day

This festival was started in 1920 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, who recognized how important children were to his country's future and dedicated this day to them. On this national public holiday, Atatürk is honored with special services in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, at the monument built for him. Afterward, a children's program takes place in which children from around the world wear festive traditional costumes and dance and sing. In Istanbul, a similar celebration is held in the national soccer stadium. More...
In the News

Doctors Ignore Their Own Advice

When doctors step into the role of patient, they often choose different treatment options than those they would recommend to their own patients. When presented with hypothetical treatment scenarios in a recent survey, doctors more often chose therapies that carried a higher risk of death but fewer severe side effects when they imagined themselves as the patient. In contrast, when it came to advising sick patients, they tended to pick a treatment with a higher survival rate, regardless of the adverse effects associated with it. More...
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