Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

reimburse

Definition:(verb) To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred.
Synonyms:refund, repay, remunerate
Usage: As long as my siblings are willing to reimburse me for my expenses, I am happy to go into town on my day off and buy all of the snacks and decorations for the family reunion.
Article of the Day

The Serpent Column

Crafted from the melted-down weapons of defeated Persians in about 479 BCE, the Serpent Column is an ancient Greek war monument and offering to Apollo. It served as part of a sacrificial tripod at Delphi before being moved to the Hippodrome of Constantinople in the 4th century CE. Over the past 2,500 years, the artifact has been frequently referenced in literature and depicted in art. Today just a twisted column, it originally depicted three intertwined snakes. What happened to their heads? More...
This Day in History

Air France Flight 139 Hijacked (1976)

In 1976, a plane en route from Israel to France was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. The hijackers released 258 non-Israeli passengers and held the rest, demanding that Israel release 53 imprisoned PLO members. In response, Israel transported more than 100 commandos to Uganda. In what is now known as the Entebbe raid, seven hijackers, one soldier, and three hostages were killed and how many hostages were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Goldman (1869)

Goldman was an American anarchist. She became active in the movement after 1889, and her speeches began to attract attention throughout the US. In 1893, she was imprisoned for inciting a riot. She was also imprisoned in 1916 for publicly advocating birth control and again in 1917 for obstructing the draft. She was deported to Russia in 1919 but left in 1921 because of her disagreement with the Bolshevik government. She was permitted to reenter the US for a lecture tour in 1934 on what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fearful man is always hearing things.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be potty about (something)

To be very excited or enthusiastic (about something). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity (2016)

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
In the News

Epinephrine Underused, Endangering Kids

It is not uncommon for young children with food allergies to be exposed to those foods at some point and suffer an allergic reaction as a result. In fact, a study of infants with known or suspected allergies to milk or egg found that nearly three-quarters had an allergic reaction during the study period. When this happens and a child experiences a severe reaction, caregivers must act quickly to administer a potentially life-saving dose of epinephrine. Yet, in about a third of the cases in this study, caregivers failed to do so, suggesting that more must be done to educate them about the use of epinephrine. More...
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