Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

nemesis

Definition:(noun) A source of harm or ruin.
Synonyms:bane, scourge, curse
Usage: My doctor says I need to improve my diet immediately, but fast food, my great nemesis, tempts me every day during my commute home.
Article of the Day

Operation Paperclip

During World War II, German scientists made great strides in rocketry, aeronautics, and other fields. Almost immediately after the war's end, the US began vigorously recruiting these scientists, bolstering its own scientific programs while denying the USSR access to these assets. Though the US president authorized Operation Paperclip, he forbade the recruitment of Nazi Party members and active supporters of Nazi militarism. How did the agency overseeing the program sidestep this order? More...
This Day in History

The First Kentucky Derby (1875)

The Kentucky Derby is a classic US thoroughbred horse race. Established in 1875, it is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m). With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up US racing's coveted Triple Crown. In front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, the inaugural derby was won by jockey Oliver Lewis riding a colt named what? More...
Today's Birthday

Bartholomew Roberts (1682)

Now infamous as "Black Bart," Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the coasts of the Americas and West Africa in the 18th century, during the period known as the "Golden Age of Piracy." Considered the most successful pirate of the era, he is estimated to have captured more than 400 vessels in a matter of a few years—far more than some of the best-known pirates of his day, such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd. Roberts is one of the pirate captains mentioned in what famous pirate story? More...
Quotation of the Day
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

feed (someone) to the wolves

To sacrifice someone to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for one's own benefit or survival. More...
Today's Holiday

Norway Constitution Day (Syttende Mai)

May 17, 1814, marks both Norway's declaration of independence from Sweden and the day on which its constitution was signed. This day remains the great spring festival in Norway, and today it is celebrated primarily by young people. The children's procession in Oslo, the capital city, is the largest of many school parades throughout the country. Marching behind their school bands and banners, the children pass under the balcony of the Royal Palace in salute to the king. Everyone joins in the procession, waving Norwegian flags. More...
In the News

Wrigley Pulls Caffeine Gum Out of Consideration for FDA

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerns about the impact of caffeine on children and teens has prompted Wrigley to temporarily halt the production, sale, and marketing of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which contains about as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in each piece. The company says it was marketing the product to adults and that it complied with all current labeling guidelines but voluntarily chose to halt production to give the FDA time to develop a new regulatory framework addressing the addition of caffeine to food and drinks. More...
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