Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

pucker

Definition:(verb) To gather something into small wrinkles or folds.
Synonyms:cockle, rumple, crumple, knit
Usage: She puckered her lips and kissed him on the nose.
Article of the Day

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is a period of rest for both the body and mind, the lack of which can result in changes to personality, perceptual processes, and intellectual functioning. Humans are unable to totally abstain from sleep, as the brains of the severely sleep-deprived will automatically shut down for short periods, a phenomenon known as microsleep. There is a genetic disease that leads to complete sleeplessness, but it is fatal. What is the longest a healthy person has stayed awake without using stimulants? More...
This Day in History

Le Paradis Massacre (1940)

The Le Paradis massacre was a WWII war crime committed by German soldiers under the command of officer Fritz Knöchlein. After becoming isolated from their regiment and running out of ammunition during the Battle of France, a group of British soldiers surrendered to German troops. They were then led across the road, lined up against a wall, and shot. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived and hid, but they were captured several days later. What happened to Knöchlein after the war? More...
Today's Birthday

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837)

Hickok was an American frontier marshal, legendary marksman, and gambler. In 1861, while working as a stagecoach driver, he shot and killed outlaw Dave McCanles, earning a reputation as a gunfighter. After serving as a Union spy during the Civil War, he was appointed a US marshal and tamed two Kansas towns. He was shot dead by a drunken stranger while playing poker at a saloon in the town of Deadwood. At the time, he was holding what combination of cards, now known as "dead man's hand"? More...
Quotation of the Day
To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

from a mile away

Well or far in advance; exceptionally easily. More...
Today's Holiday

National Reconciliation Week (2016)

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. More...
In the News

Developmental Disabilities on the Rise in US Kids

As of 2008, nearly 1 in 6 children in the US had a developmental disability like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, blindness, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, seizures, stuttering, or stammering. The proportion of children with a developmental disability rose from less than 13 percent in 1997 to more than 15 percent by 2008. This may be due, in part, to the fact that there is greater awareness of these conditions and emphasis on early treatment, and so more parents may be having their children screened. In addition, more children are being born to older parents and more babies are being born prematurely, increasing their risk of developmental delays. More...
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