Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

chivalrous

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by consideration and courtesy, especially toward women.
Synonyms:knightly, gallant
Usage: The respectful tenderness with which, on one knee before her, he helped her to remove her hat, and disentangle her pretty hair from it, was quite a chivalrous sight.
Article of the Day

Abdus Salam

Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who helped develop the electroweak theory explaining the relationship between electromagnetic and weak forces. For this work, he shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. He was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim scientist to be so honored. To support physicists from developing countries, he founded the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 1964. He died in England and was brought back to Pakistan for burial. Who defaced his grave? More...
This Day in History

Old West Outlaw Pearl Hart Robs a Stagecoach (1899)

Hart was an American outlaw whose notoriety stemmed primarily from the fact that she was female. Her early life was fairly ordinary. She grew up wealthy and eloped at 16. In 1893, after seeing Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she left her abusive husband and went west, where she acquired a taste for cigars, liquor, and morphine. In 1899, she helped rob a stagecoach, making away with over $400. She was apprehended, escaped, was recaptured, and then tried for her crimes. Why was she later pardoned? More...
Today's Birthday

René Barrientos (1919)

Barrientos was elected vice president of Bolivia in 1964, but he soon broke with the president and joined other army officers in a coup. He was installed as head of a military junta and became the sole president after winning the 1966 elections. He launched a moderate—albeit military—administration, retaining the reforms instituted by his predecessors. Three years later, he died in a helicopter crash. Why did he once jump out of an airplane with a parachute that had earlier failed to open? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

get-rich-quick

(used as a modifier before a noun) Of or characterized by generating a large sum of money quickly and (typically) without requiring much effort or energy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc

The second patron saint of France and one of the best known of all the saints, Joan of Arc was a young, pious peasant girl from the village of Domrémy. In 1428, she heard voices she identified as St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret telling her to help the dauphin, Charles VII, recover his kingdom from the British. Her mission was accomplished within 15 months, but Joan was captured by the king's enemies, tried for witchcraft and heresy, and burned at the stake in Rouen on May 30, 1431. More...
In the News

Arthritis Drug Could Improve Treatment of Dysentery

Preliminary tests on animals have shown that a drug used since 1985 to treat arthritis is 10 times more effective at treating amebic dysentery than the best drug currently in use. Not only was auranofin more effective than metronidazole at killing Entamoeba histolytica, a parasite that causes dysentery, it is also relatively inexpensive, an important factor given that most of the 70,000 people killed by the disease each year live in developing countries. While further studies are needed to determine whether auranofin can cure the infection in humans, experts are optimistic. More...
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