Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

piquant

Definition:(adjective) Having an agreeably pungent taste.
Synonyms:spicy, zesty
Usage: When I feel like spicing things up at dinner, I pour a little of this piquant dressing over my salad.
Article of the Day

eBay

In 1995, computer programmer Pierre Omidyar founded AuctionWeb in San Jose, California. One of its first sales was a broken laser pointer. However, what began humbly as a hobby for Omidyar grew rapidly. In 1997, Omidyar changed the site's name to eBay—a contraction of Echo Bay Technology Group—and it has since become the premier online auction site, with millions of items listed, bought, and sold daily. Essentially unregulated at first, eBay now prohibits the sale of what items on its site? More...
This Day in History

Freighter Destroys Part of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1980)

The original Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay was completed in 1954. A new southbound span was opened in 1971, but only nine years later, it was destroyed when the freighter Summit Venture collided with a support column during a storm, sending more than 1,200 ft (366 m) of the bridge plummeting into the bay. The collision caused several automobiles and a bus to fall 150 ft (46 m), killing 35 people. What tragedy had occurred within a mile of the bridge just months earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866)

Gokhale was an Indian nationalist leader. A moderate, he stressed negotiation and conciliation rather than non-cooperation or violence—views that clashed with the more militant ideas of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Gokhale was instrumental in founding the Servants of India Society, a nationalist organization whose members, sworn to poverty and obedience, were enlisted to serve as volunteers for the social, political, and economic welfare of India. To what future Indian leader was Gokhale a mentor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those whom the gods love grow young.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

eureka moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Russia)

Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day, people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9, people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More...
In the News

Antibiotic Resistance Is Global Threat

The "post-antibiotic era" is bearing down on us, and if we do not make some changes soon, it will only be a matter of time before antibiotics are powerless to protect us from diseases that have been treatable for decades. World Health Organization (WHO) data reveal that antibiotic-resistan t bacteria are now apparent in "every region of the world," posing a major threat to public health. The WHO is urging governments around the globe to prioritize the development of new lines of antibiotics while at the same time taking steps to slow the progression of resistance. More...
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