Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

frugal

Definition:(adjective) Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources.
Synonyms:sparing, stinting, economical
Usage: My frugal mother refused to buy me new clothing and instead dressed me in my older sister's hand-me-downs.
Article of the Day

Human Migration

Homo sapiens began migrating out of Africa and across Eurasia and Australia about 70,000 years ago. These first human migrations were caused by changing climate, landscape, and food supply. Contemporary migration is predominantly economically motivated and the product of wide income disparities between different countries. In 2010, the number of international migrants was estimated at 214 million. If this number continues to grow at the same pace, it could reach how many million by 2050? More...
This Day in History

Island of Saint Helena Discovered (1502)

The uninhabited island of St. Helena was discovered by Portuguese navigator João da Nova in the eastern South Atlantic, 1,200 mi (1,931 km) west of Africa. It became a port of call for ships sailing between Europe and the East Indies and was annexed by the British East India Company in 1659. Because of the island's remoteness, when the British exiled Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, he was sent there. It became a British crown colony in 1834. What is its status today? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Fry (1780)

Fry was an English prison reformer as well as an advocate of higher nursing standards and the education of working women. From 1813, she worked untiringly to improve the conditions for women in Newgate prison, advocating separation of the sexes, employment, and religious training. Her successful methods at Newgate impressed the government and were tried in other prisons. She also helped the homeless, founding soup kitchens and shelters in London. On what unit of currency is Fry pictured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

first port of call

The first place where one stops to visit, accomplish something, or begin a process. Taken from nautical terminology, referring to the first port that a seafaring vessel calls in to at the beginning of a voyage. More...
Today's Holiday

Preakness Stakes (2016)

The Preakness Festival, or Maryland Preakness Celebration, culminates in the running of the Preakness Stakes, the "middle jewel of the Triple Crown" of horseracing—the other two being the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Held at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness was first run on May 27, 1873. The festival leading up to the race features recreational, sporting, and cultural events—including hot air balloons, a 5K run, and a parade. More...
In the News

Mentally Ill Die Earlier

People with serious mental illnesses have significantly lower life expectancies than the general population, and their early deaths are due to factors like heart attack, stroke, and cancer and not suicide or violence. The average life expectancy for men in the UK is 77.4 years and for women is 81.6 years. Medical records indicate that those with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder die 10 to 15 years earlier than the UK average. Researchers believe several factors, including higher-risk lifestyles, long-term antipsychotic drug use, and failure of patients to properly care for themselves, play a part in this trend. More...
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