Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

windpipe

Definition:(noun) Membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi.
Synonyms:trachea
Usage: Poisonous vapors … crept like evil spirits over the ship, stealing into the nostrils and windpipes of the unwary and causing fits of sneezing and coughing.
Article of the Day

The Public House

A public house—or pub—is a centuries-old type of drinking establishment, so named because early English common law declared inns and taverns to be public houses obligated to receive travelers willing to pay for food, drink, and lodging. However, pubs did not cater exclusively to travelers. They also served as communal centers where locals could meet and gossip, and so became an enduring part of British culture. How did an 18th-century crackdown on alcohol consumption actually create more pubs? More...
This Day in History

Jamestown, Virginia, Founded (1607)

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. It was founded by the London Company on a peninsula—now an island—in the James River and named after the reigning English monarch, James I. Disease, starvation, and Native American attacks wiped out most of the colony, but the London Company continually sent more men and supplies. A successfully exported strain of tobacco was cultivated there by a colonist named John Rolfe, who later married what Native American princess? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Victor Auger (1899)

Auger was a French physicist who worked in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics and also advanced the study of cosmic rays. He directed the mathematical and natural sciences department at UNESCO from 1948 to 1959 and was instrumental in creating the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). In 1977, he was made a member of the French Academy of Sciences. The Auger effect as well as the world's largest detector of what are named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

fall off the back of a truck

Of goods or merchandise, to be acquired by illegal or dubious means; to come into (someone's) possession without being paid for. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamestown Day

Jamestown, Virginia, is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, and it is also home to some other firsts‐both good and bad. It established the first representative government on the continent and built America's first Anglican (Episcopal) church, but it also brought the first African slaves to the colonies. On Jamestown Day, a commemorative service is held at the original settlement site, with speeches, choral selections, and a procession to the Memorial Cross, which marks the town's earliest cemetery. More...
In the News

Most Child Deaths Due to Preventable Infection

Of the 7.6 million children under the age of five who died in 2010, two-thirds succumbed to infectious diseases that are largely preventable. Half of the child deaths occurred in Africa, with India, Pakistan, and China accounting for much of the rest. Despite the fact that the past decade has seen significant reductions in the leading causes of death, including diarrhea, measles, and pneumonia, pneumonia remained the leading cause of death in young children in 2010. Given the findings, experts believe that few countries will reach UN targets for reducing child mortality by the 2015 deadline. More...
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