Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

indurate

Definition:(adjective) Emotionally hardened.
Synonyms:callous, pachydermatous
Usage: My father was once an affectionate man, but he returned from the war cold and indurate.
Article of the Day

The Mosquito Alarm

Business owners have long been plagued by unruly teens who loiter on their property and vandalize it. In the mid-2000s, one innovative inventor decided that the key to combating this problem is age-related hearing loss. Enter the Mosquito alarm. Designed to be audible to teens but not adults, the controversial alarm emits a high frequency tone that is physically harmless yet annoying enough to drive away those who hear it. How have teens since adapted this technology to suit their own purposes? 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
Clothes alter our very nature. A man could not help being fierce and daring with a plume in his bonnet, a dagger in his belt, and a lot of puffy white things all down his sleeves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Cases of Colorado Kids Accidentally Ingesting Parents' Pot

The decriminalization of marijuana in the US is having at least one unintended and potentially deadly consequence—young children are increasingly accidentally ingesting the drug. After medicinal marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2009, one emergency room in the state saw 14 pediatric cases of accidental marijuana ingestion over the next 27 months. In the four years prior, it had not had one such case. Eight of the 14 children, who ranged in age from 8 months to 12 years old, were admitted to the hospital, two of them to the intensive care unit. Cannabis edibles, like pot brownies and cookies, were responsible for half of the accidental exposures. More...
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