Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

treacly

Definition:(adjective) Overly sweet.
Synonyms:cloying, saccharine, syrupy
Usage: I enjoyed it as a child, but as an adult I found the candy treacly to the point of being inedible.
Article of the Day

Lernaean Hydra

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Hydra was a giant, multi-headed serpent-like monster that lived in the swamps of Lerna. Its breath and blood were toxic, and it terrorized the region for years. The goddess Hera had hoped it would kill Heracles, one of the many children her husband Zeus had fathered as a result of an extramarital affair. Heracles—also known as Hercules—was sent to slay the creature, but each time he cut off one of its heads, two more grew back. How did he finally kill the Hydra? More...
This Day in History

The First Father's Day (1910)

Father's Day is a day set apart in many countries for honoring fathers. In the US, UK, and Canada, it is observed on the third Sunday in June. The idea for a father's day originated when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a sermon on Mother's Day in 1909 and was inspired to create a date to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran. Through her efforts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. When was the holiday made official in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Blaise Pascal (1623)

Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. A child prodigy, he earned the envy of René Descartes with an essay he wrote on conic sections when he was still a teen. Credited with founding the modern theory of probability and advancing differential calculus, he also made important contributions to physics, notably in the study of atmospheric pressure. Why did he later abandon his scientific work to focus on theology and philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

all sizzle and no steak

Disappointing or anticlimactic. Having an exciting, promising, important, or aggrandizing buildup that proves to be unwarranted. More...
Today's Holiday

Fyr Bal Fest (2016)

The Fyr Bal Fest held every year in Ephraim, Wisconsin, reflects the town's Swedish and Norwegian heritage by incorporating customs traditionally associated with Scandinavian Midsummer celebrations. The festival is presided over by a "Viking chieftain," chosen on the basis of his contributions to the community. After a coronation ceremony, he proclaims the official opening of summer and lights a bonfire in which an effigy of the Winter Witch is burned. Other traditional Scandinavian events at the festival include folk dancing and welcome mats in doorways made out of evergreen boughs. More...
In the News

Weight Loss Surgery May Increase Alcoholism Risk

People who have undergone gastric bypass surgery may be more at risk of abusing alcohol than those who have had other types of weight loss surgery, according to a recent study. Out of approximately 2,000 patients of various obesity surgeries, the two-thirds who had had gastric bypass surgery—which reduces the size of the stomach in order to limit food intake—were found to be most at risk. Two years after the surgery, almost 11 percent reported having drinking problems—a 50 percent increase from before the surgery. More...
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