Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 7, 2013)
Word of the Day

well-founded

Definition:(adjective) Based on sound reasoning or evidence.
Synonyms:tenable
Usage: In order to survive as an organization, we must be willing to accept well-founded criticism and make positive changes.
Article of the Day

Petrified Lightning

When lightning strikes the ground, the intense heat of the current can melt dry sand and create glass. Sometimes, this happens along the path of the lightning itself, leaving a hollow, branching tube of rough, sand-caked glass where the lightning traveled. The interior of the tube is usually very smooth. Such fragments of petrified lightning are known as fulgurites. They can form deep below the surface that was struck or, more rarely, above it. How long is the longest fulgurite ever found? More...
This Day in History

The World Health Organization Is Established (1948)

World Health Day is observed every year on April 7 to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency whose main objective is to promote "the highest possible level of health" in all people. Coordinating international efforts to prevent, control, and treat illness, it has worked to successfully eradicate smallpox and has made notable strides in checking polio, leprosy, cholera, and malaria. What controversies have surrounded the WHO? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanora Fagan, AKA Billie Holiday (1915)

Despite a deeply troubled upbringing, Holiday became one of the most celebrated and influential singers in jazz history. She was also one of its most tragic figures. She debuted in the 1930s and, after performing with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, embarked on a successful solo career. However, she suffered many personal setbacks, complicated by the drug addiction that eventually destroyed her career and hastened her death. How did she choose her stage name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be cleaned out

To be emptied or devoid of money, food, resources, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day (2017)

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
In the News

Protecting Aid Workers with High-Tech Bracelets

Attacks on civil rights and aid workers around the globe are all too frequent, but technology—when coupled with social media and crowdsourcing—could offer these people some protection. A group known as Civil Rights Defenders has developed a hi-tech bracelet that sends messages to social media sites when the wearer is in danger. Messages include information about the wearer and his or her location at the time of the alarm. The goal is to have a global network of volunteers monitor these social media channels and rally support for an attack or kidnapping victim as soon as an alert goes out. More...
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