Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

feisty

Definition:(adjective) Lively, resilient, and self-reliant.
Synonyms:spunky, plucky
Usage: The feisty girl ignored neighbors' suggestions that she call the fire department for help and instead scrambled up the tree to get the cat herself.
Article of the Day

Fort Gadsden

Florida's Fort Gadsden was the site of two successive forts. The first was built by the British during the War of 1812, when the area was under Spanish control. When the British left in 1815, they handed control of the fort over to the local population of Seminoles and escaped slaves, and it became known as "Negro Fort." The next year, US forces attacked the fort, hitting an ammunition stockpile and killing more than 250 of the 300 there. Who joined the US forces in the attack? More...
This Day in History

England's Lincoln Cathedral Is Consecrated (1092)

Not long after William the Conqueror named Remigius de Fécamp bishop of what was then the largest diocese in the country, he decided to move the seat of the diocese to a more central location. For the next 20 years, Remigius oversaw construction of a magnificent new cathedral in Lincoln, only to die days before its consecration. Today, its architecture is considered to be priceless. When Queen Eleanor died nearby in 1290, which parts of her body were buried at the cathedral? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Carter (1874)

An experienced archaeologist and Egyptologist, Carter began searching for the long lost tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun in the early 1900s, excavating Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, through funding by his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon. In 1922, Carnarvon gave Carter one last season to make a discovery. He did, unearthing the pristine, treasure-filled tomb that became world famous. What fact about Carter's life is often used to refute the so-called Curse of the Pharaohs? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in the hope that

With the expectation, intention, or desire that (something will happen). More...
Today's Holiday

Be Kind to Animals Week (2017)

Be Kind to Animals Week was first observed in 1915. Established by Dr. William O. Stillman, the leader of the American Humane Association at the time, this week was dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the achievements of the nation's humane societies. Today, Be Kind to Animals week is observed by thousands of animal shelters across the country in the first full week of May. They host special media events, promote education on the humane treatment of animals, and try to remind people of the debt that humankind owes to both wild and domestic animals. More...
In the News

Elderly Women Can Benefit from Water-Based Exercise

Aqua aerobics became popular in the 1990s but somewhat fell out of favor due to concerns that the buoyancy created by water limits the exercise's effectiveness. However, a recent study finds that performing certain exercise routines in water does in fact increase muscle strength and reduce fall risk in postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis. The results also suggest that the exercise regimen helps maintain bone density. The researchers hope their findings encourage postmenopausal women to consider pool-based exercise. More...
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