Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

titter

Definition:(verb) To laugh in a restrained, nervous way.
Synonyms:giggle
Usage: Mention sex therapy and most people will titter with embarrassment.
Article of the Day

Soapy Smith

One of the best-known con men of the American Old West, Smith established criminal empires in Colorado and Alaska. His nickname comes from his main scam, in which he duped townsfolk into thinking he was selling them soap cakes wrapped in money. His cronies in the crowd would then buy all of the money-wrapped cakes, leaving paper-wrapped soaps for everyone else. However, Smith's seedy ways were his undoing, and he was shot in 1898 after stealing a miner's gold. What were his last words? 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
Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.

Homer (900 BC-800 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

Diabetes Vaccine Holds Promise

A small, preliminary study of an experimental vaccine that targets the immune cells responsible for the development of type 1 diabetes has had promising results. In this type of diabetes, the immune system, instead of defending the body against infection, attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The vaccine uses DNA plasmids to shut down the portion of the immune system involved in this process. Suppressing the immune system can leave patients vulnerable to infections and even cancer, but because this vaccine has such a specific target, researchers are hopeful that it will prove safe and effective. More...
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