Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

freebooter

Definition:(noun) Someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war).
Synonyms:looter, pillager, plunderer, raider
Usage: He was a genial freebooter, living off the enemy, without fear or shame.
Article of the Day

The Western Wall

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is a retaining wall from the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is the last standing remnant of the Beit HaMikdash, the holy temple of the Jews that was destroyed by the Romans around 70 CE. The "Wailing Wall" continues to have a powerful hold on the devotion of Jews all over the world. Over the years, millions have come as tourists and pilgrims to pray at the wall and touch its stones. What do the faithful often place in its cracks? More...
This Day in History

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" Published (1830)

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a 19th century American nursery rhyme. It was written by Sarah Josepha Hale, who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family and who eventually became an influential editor and arbiter of American taste. Thomas Edison recited part of the poem to test his invention of the phonograph, and a host of musicians have recorded versions of it. The nursery rhyme is said to have been based on an actual incident in which what happened? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Lenglen (1899)

One of the first international female sports stars, Lenglen was a French tennis player and a prolific champion. She won 31 championship titles from 1914 to 1926, including the world hard-court singles and doubles titles (1914); French women's singles (1920–23, 1925–26); and British women's singles crowns and doubles (1919-1923, 1925). In 1920, she won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The first female tennis celebrity and a flamboyant trendsetter, she was given what nickname by the press? More...
Quotation of the Day
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

freak flag

Any unconventional, nonconformist, or uninhibited behavior, convictions, opinions, or lifestyle choices that are unique to an individual. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Day

Bermuda Day, formerly Commonwealth Day, is a public holiday and the highlight of Bermuda Heritage Month. Since 1979, a variety of cultural activities have been held every May, including historical exhibits, concerts, and thanksgiving services in churches. Festivities on May 24 include a parade that ends up in the middle of a festival at Bernard Park in Hamilton. It is also a popular day for Bermudians to hit the beaches. Runners participate in a marathon race, and there are races for cyclists and skaters. May 24 is also the beginning of dinghy-racing season in St. George's Harbor. More...
In the News

Protein Discovery May Explain Multiple Sclerosis Gender Gap

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive disease of the central nervous system in which gradual destruction of myelin occurs in the brain and/or spinal cord. In many ways, this disease remains a mystery. Its cause remains uncertain, and there is no known cure. Scientists also have yet to figure out why MS strikes four times as many women as men, but new findings suggest that a protein, S1PR2, may have something to do with it. Researchers found higher levels of this protein in the brains of female mice and women with MS than in male equivalents and speculate that it could make the blood-brain barrier more permeable, allowing harmful substances to attack the brain. More...
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