Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

billow

Definition:(verb) Rise up as if in waves.
Synonyms:wallow
Usage: Smoke from the burning building billowed up into the sky, obscuring the sun.
Article of the Day

Barbara McClintock

McClintock was an American geneticist. In the 1940s and 50s, her experiments with variations in the coloration of kernels of maize revealed that genes are not stationary, but can "jump" on the chromosome. She isolated two control elements in genetic material and found not only that they moved, but also that their transposition affected the behavior of neighboring genes. In 1983, she was belatedly awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology. Why did she stop publishing her findings in the 50s? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Etan Patz Abducted in New York (1979)

In 1979, Etan Patz left his apartment by himself, for the very first time, to walk the two blocks to his school bus stop. He never made it there. His disappearance was widely covered by the media and led to the implementation of new methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk carton campaigns of the 1980s. In 2010, the Manhattan district attorney announced that he had reopened the case into Patz's disappearance. Who was found liable for Patz's death in a civil case in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878)

Robinson was an influential virtuoso tap dancer. An innovator, he was reputedly the first to dance on the balls of his feet instead of in the earlier flat-footed style. He began dancing professionally at the age of eight and became a popular nightclub and vaudeville performer. He first performed on Broadway in 1928 and was the first African American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He appeared in 14 Hollywood features in the 1930s and 40s, including four that he made with which child actress? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

fresh-faced

Of or having an appearance of health, vitality, and/or youthfulness. More...
Today's Holiday

Moving Day (Scotland) (2016)

The idea of packing up one's belongings and changing residences on a particular day has been a tradition in many countries. In Scotland, it was called Flitting Day and took place on May 25. The decision of whether to "sit or flit" was up to the tenant, but "flitting" seemed to be more common. On Flitting Day, they had to vacate their houses by noon, which often meant a great upheaval for the family during the preceding day or two. Apparently, the novelty value of flitting outweighed the boredom of sitting. More...
In the News

Coffee Lovers Could Live Longer

Drinking coffee may help you live longer. Adults between the ages of 50 and 71 who reported having a few cups of coffee a day were less likely to die over the next 14 years than people who said they rarely drink it. Women appeared to derive the most benefit, having a 16 percent reduced risk of death, compared to 10 percent in men. However, the study also found that coffee drinkers were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, abusing alcohol, and eating large quantities of red meat, and those who did had a higher risk of death. More...
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