Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

multifaceted

Definition:(adjective) Having many aspects.
Synonyms:multifarious, many-sided
Usage: This is a multifaceted problem and cannot be solved by a singular approach.
Article of the Day

The Corset

A corset is a garment worn to mold the torso into a certain shape for orthopedic reasons or, more commonly, to shrink the waist and exaggerate the bust for aesthetic reasons. It dates to at least 2000 BCE, when it was worn as an outer garment in Minoan Crete. By the 16th century, it had become a tight inner bodice stiffened with whalebone, wood, or steel. After some 4,000 years of use, corsets largely fell out of fashion in the 1920s. What is the record for smallest corseted waist size? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Operation Manna Begins (1945)

During WWII, the Royal Air Force delivered 6,680 tons food into parts of the German-occupied Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the occupying forces, to feed starving Dutch citizens suffering from a famine that ultimately claimed 18,000 lives. Operation Manna, as it was called, was named for the food that the Book of Exodus says miraculously appeared for the Israelites in the wilderness. The mission ended on May 8, when Germany's surrender ended the war in Europe. How was the food delivered? More...
Today's Birthday

John Arbuthnot (1667)

Greatly admired in his time, Arbuthnot was a Scottish scientist, mathematician, and satirist. The court physician to Queen Anne, he is best remembered for his five "John Bull" pamphlets, political satires on the Whig war policy that introduced the character John Bull, a personification of England akin to the American Uncle Sam. With his friends Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and John Gay, Arbuthnot was a founding member of the famous Scriblerus Club, an organization devoted to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life's more amusing than we thought.

Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

Idiom of the Day

in donkeys

In an exceptionally long period of time. The phrase likely originated as the rhyming slang, shortened to simply "donkeys," of "donkey's ears" —where "ears" rhymes with "years" and alludes to the length of a donkey's ears. More...
Today's Holiday

Uesugi Matsuri

This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). Uesugi Kenshin is also remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa river, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era. More...
In the News

"Fat Shaming" May Contribute to Weight Gain

Telling a girl she is fat to encourage her to lose weight may actually have the opposite effect. A nine-year study of about 2,000 girls found that those who had been told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, peer, or teacher by the age of 10 (more than half of the girls in the study) were more likely to be obese by the time they were 20. Young people who feel shamed or stigmatized about their weight are vulnerable to a range of negative psychological and physical issues, and it stands to reason that negative weight labels, like "fat," contribute to this process. More...
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