Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

give-and-take

Definition:(noun) An exchange of views on some topic.
Synonyms:discussion, word
Usage: Paul and I were having a civil give-and-take on the issue of gun control, but Maria became uncomfortable and insisted that we change the subject.
Article of the Day

Hunting

Today, the killing of game animals is principally done for sport, but for early humans, it was a necessity. The development of agriculture gave humans a reliable alternative food source and reduced the need for hunting. Still, humans continued to hunt extensively, both for necessity and recreation, and many animal populations suffered, some to the point of extinction. More recently, hunters have established ethical codes to govern the practice of hunting. What is Internet hunting? More...
This Day in History

The May Fourth Movement (1919)

The May Fourth Movement was the first mass movement in modern Chinese history. It began with about 5,000 university students in Beijing protesting the Versailles Conference's decision to transfer former German concessions in China to Japan. Demonstrations and strikes spread, and a nationwide boycott of Japanese goods followed. The movement began a patriotic outburst of new urban intellectuals against foreign imperialists and warlords and is often cited as the seminal event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Audrey Hepburn (1929)

Hepburn was a Belgian-born film actress who combined elegance with a radiant, elfin innocence. After spending World War II in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, she studied ballet and acting in London and was discovered by French writer Colette, who insisted she play the lead in Gigi on Broadway. She made her US film debut in Roman Holiday, for which she won an Academy Award, and then returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award in Ondine. What was Hepburn's last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nowadays we are all of us so hard up, that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) down cold

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. More...
Today's Holiday

Cassinga Day (2016)

On May 4, 1978, South African forces attacked a SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) base located in the old Angolan mining town of Cassinga. Hundreds of Namibians died during the attack. Namibia eventually won its political independence in 1990 and is currently ruled by the SWAPO party government, and a national holiday is declared every year on the anniversary of the attack to commemorate those who died in their country's struggle for independence. More...
In the News

Surgical Complications Mean Big Bucks for Hospitals

No one is accusing hospitals of intentionally causing their surgical patients to suffer complications; however, the fact remains that such complications make US medical facilities a lot of money—an average of $8,000 per complication according to one recent study. By financially rewarding institutions for preventable surgical complications, the current healthcare reimbursement system in America creates little incentive for hospitals to improve patient care, as doing so would effectively cost them money. More...
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