Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

apoplexy

Definition:(noun) Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Synonyms:stroke, cerebrovascular accident
Usage: The medical evidence showed conclusively that death was due to apoplexy.
Article of the Day

The Order of Skull and Bones

The Order of Skull and Bones is a secret society based at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. It was founded in 1832 by Phi Beta Kappa pledges William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft. Membership has included US Presidents such as George W. Bush, Supreme Court Justices, business leaders, and US Senators such as John Kerry. What fictional Simpsons character is a member? 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
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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

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

Hang Gliders on Mars

An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before, scientists say. The project, called MARSDROP, would send two landers to the Red Planet as ... More...
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