Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

peddler

Definition:(noun) Someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals).
Synonyms:hawker, packman, pitchman
Usage: He used to tramp the countryside so far and so long that his father would say he feared his son was born to be nothing better than a wandering peddler.
Article of the Day

The Arab Revolt

By the time it aligned with the Central Powers during WWI, the Ottoman Empire had ruled much of the Middle East—and beyond—for centuries. In the war's aftermath, the British sought to weaken the powerful empire, and did so by aiding the long-simmering Arab sovereignty movement. Led by Sherif Hussein of Mecca and advised by British officer T. E. Lawrence, the revolt succeeded against the empire, though the goal of establishing a unified Arab kingdom was not realized. What did the British gain? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Qing Ming Festival

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld. More...
In the News

Employees Less Stressed When Pets Come to Work

Research suggests that allowing pets in the workplace can reduce employee stress and boost morale. By measuring the levels of stress hormone in workers' saliva, researchers were able to track stress levels over the course of the workday. They found that stress levels declined in employees who brought their dogs to work but increased in those without pets or who left their dogs at home. Reducing employee stress could benefit employers greatly, as previous research has linked stress to absenteeism, burnout, and loss of productivity. More...
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