Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

harelip

Definition:(noun) A congenital cleft in the middle of the upper lip.
Synonyms:cheiloschisis, cleft lip
Usage: The insurance company argued that the surgery to correct her harelip was not medically necessary.
Article of the Day

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is an island located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. While named a 'key', it is not geologically part of the Florida Keys, but a barrier island composed of sand eroded from the Appalachian Mountains and carried there. When Hurricane Andrew stripped part of the island in 1992, archeologists found extensive evidence of a large Tequesta community that had lived there up to 2,000 years ago. What is the island's history with regard to slavery? More...
This Day in History

Two Car Bombs Discovered in London (2007)

In 2007, a potential tragedy was averted in London when two car bombs were disabled before they could be detonated in a busy district of the city. The cars and devices were recovered intact for forensic examination and both were found to contain gasoline canisters, nails, and a mobile phone-based trigger. The next day, two men drove a car laden with propane into a terminal at Glasgow International Airport and set it ablaze. The surviving conspirator was jailed for both incidents. Who was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893)

Mahalanobis was an Indian scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure he used in his pioneering studies in anthropometry—the study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute and contributed to the design of large scale sample surveys. His survey methods have been used to study things like tea-drinking habits, crop acreage, and what else? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot express it: but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

go soft

To become overly lenient, easily manipulated, or apathetic; to lose strength or determination. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Peter and Paul Day (2016)

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and, for this reason, their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More...
In the News

Burbank High School Teacher's Shakespeare Aversion Draws National Attention

Most high school English teachers adore William Shakespeare's works. Dana Dusbiber does not. In an essay published this month on a Washington Post education blog, the Luther Burbank High School teacher explained she does not want to teach ... More...
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