Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

pestle

Definition:(noun) A heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone.
Synonyms:pounder, muller
Usage: Sometimes she might have been seen … kneading poee-poee with terrific vehemence, dashing the stone pestle about as if she would shiver the vessel into fragments.
Article of the Day

The February Revolution

The February Revolution was the first of two revolutions in Russia in 1917. Though spontaneous and poorly organized, the revolution resulted in the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, the end of the Romanov dynasty, and the start of a new, provisional government. It resulted from a number of factors—low confidence in the monarchy, a looming famine, and a series of failures in World War I, which Russia was ill-equipped to fight. How did Rasputin help to spur the revolution, even though he was dead? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Nations (Minnesota)

The Festival of Nations takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, a city of great ethnic diversity. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups participate in this event, which has been presented by the International Institute of Minnesota since 1932 and features costumes, folk craft demonstrations, and cultural exhibits. Folk dance and music performances run continuously and showcase performers from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Polynesia, Norway, Ecuador, Armenia, and many other countries. Sidewalk cafes serve authentic food from more than four dozen countries. More...
In the News

Opiate-Addicted Baby Born Every Hour in US

Opiate use is on the rise in the US, and pregnant women are no exception to the trend. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of pregnant women testing positive for opiates increased fivefold, and the rate of babies being born with symptoms of opiate withdrawal tripled. This is putting an increased burden on the healthcare system, as babies born in opiate withdrawal tend to be born earlier and smaller; suffer from health problems like seizures, restlessness, respiratory issues, and difficulty feeding; and often require treatment to wean them off their drug dependency. More...
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