Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

bluestocking

Definition:(noun) A woman having literary or intellectual interests.
Synonyms:bas bleu
Usage: Calling me names like bluestocking or nerd will only strengthen my resolve to learn.
Article of the Day

Tulip Mania

It takes seven years to grow a tulip from seed, and the bulb can only be uprooted in the summer months. Therefore, when the Dutch tulip market exploded in fall of 1636, few tulips physically changed hands before the futures market collapsed. According to some reports, at the height of the market, single bulbs were selling for more than houses before they even sprouted. It was the first documented speculation bubble. Why were the most expensive varieties those afflicted with a certain virus? 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
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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 (2016)

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

Botox Offers Only Modest Migraine Relief

Botulinum toxin A, the main ingredient in Botox, is best known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but it has several other uses as well, including treating excessive sweating and headaches. However, a review of 27 studies involving 5,000 headache patients finds that these injections are only moderately helpful for people with chronic migraines, appearing to reduce headache frequency by an average of two a month, and provide little to no relief for those with less frequent headaches. In addition, those injected with the drug report more side effects, such as muscle weakness and stiff necks. More...
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