Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

six-shooter

Definition:(noun) A pistol with a revolving cylinder (usually having six chambers for bullets).
Synonyms:revolver
Usage: A man in uniform advanced into the room, a six-shooter in his hand.
Article of the Day

Yurts

Known by different names in different cultures, yurts are circular, domed, portable tents consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins. Used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of East and Central Asia, these dwellings are designed to be repeatedly dismantled, transported, and rebuilt. Today, the yurt also serves as a nationalistic symbol for many Central Asian groups. What part of the yurt is passed down from father to son and is featured on the Kyrgyz flag and Kazakh coat of arms? More...
This Day in History

Sierra Leone Granted Independence from the UK (1961)

The capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, was founded on the coast of West Africa by British abolitionists in 1787 as a haven for freed and runaway slaves. It became a British colony in 1808, and the region became a British protectorate in 1896. It achieved independence in 1961 and became a republic 10 years later, but with independence came a series of military coups. An 11-year civil war marked by horrific atrocities further devastated the country and ended in 2002. What has occurred since then? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759)

Wollstonecraft was an English author who turned to writing while teaching and working as a governess and as a translator for a London publisher. She was an early proponent of educational equality between men and women, and her most important book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is widely regarded as the founding document of modern feminism. In 1797, she married the philosopher William Godwin. She died days after the birth of their daughter, who went on to become what famous writer? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

dodge a bullet

To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be undesirable, disastrous, dangerous, or otherwise harmful. More...
Today's Holiday

Sierra Leone Independence Day

This national holiday celebrates the day Sierra Leone became independent from Britain in 1961. Independence Day festivities are especially elaborate in the capital city of Freetown. More...
In the News

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found on US Meat and Poultry

Nearly half of the 136 meat and poultry samples purchased from 26 different US grocery stores for a recent study were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause serious infections and even death in humans. Roughly half of the contaminated samples contained strains of the bacteria that are resistant to at least three types of antibiotics, while some were resistant to more than half a dozen antibiotics. How often these bacteria are transferred to humans due to contact with raw meat and poultry has yet to be determined. More...
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