Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

emollient

Definition:(adjective) Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
Synonyms:demulcent, salving, softening
Usage: In the winter, she applied emollient cream to her hands to prevent the skin from cracking.
Article of the Day

Cumin

Cumin is a low annual herb of the parsley family. Its fruits resemble the related caraway and are similarly used in cooking. Drought tolerant and requiring long hot summers for healthy growth, cumin was originally cultivated in Iran and the Mediterranean region. It is mentioned in the Bible and was known to the ancient Greeks, who kept cumin at the dining table and used it much like black pepper is frequently used today. What spice is often mistaken for cumin? More...
This Day in History

Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa's First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Today's Birthday

Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire's most popular films? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

every single one

Every individual person or item within a group, without exception. More...
Today's Holiday

Golden Spike Anniversary (2016)

This reenactment of the completion of America's transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, has been held since 1952. Reproductions of the Central Pacific's "Jupiter" and Union Pacific's "119" meet at the site of the ceremony. Then, the Golden Spike and three other spikes are tapped into a special railroad tie; at 12:47 PM, an ordinary iron "last spike" is driven into the last tie, and the message "D-O-N-E" is sent by ham radio to the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. More...
In the News

Space junk roulette: What are the odds of being hit?

This past week, the fall from space of an out-of-control Russian spacecraft into the Pacific Ocean relied on fairly good odds that no one would be hurt by debris raining down from the sky. We got lucky this time; but is beating the odds the best way to ensure ... More...
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