Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

graven

Definition:(adjective) Cut or impressed into a surface.
Synonyms:engraved, etched, inscribed, incised
Usage: The lines from the corners of his mouth seemed graven into his face.
Article of the Day

Musk

Used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times, musk is an odorous substance obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. Its strong odor comes from the organic compound muscone. Musklike substances are also obtained from the muskrat and the civet, and even some plants yield oils that resemble musk. Since musk deer are often killed to extract the gland, ethical concerns—as well as economic ones—have led to the production of synthetic musk. Why has this also come under scrutiny recently? More...
This Day in History

US Postal Service's First and Only Delivery of "Missile Mail" (1959)

In 1959, the US Navy assisted the US Post Office Department—predecessor of today's US Postal Service—in its search for a faster form of mail transportation. The USPS tried its first and only delivery of "missile mail" when a Navy submarine fired a guided cruise missile containing 3,000 pieces of mail off the Florida coast. Twenty-two minutes later, the missile landed at a naval station in Mayport, Florida. What bold claims did the postmaster general make about missile mail at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Lena Baker (1901)

Baker was an African-American maid who was executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945 for killing her employer, Ernest Knight. The only woman ever executed by electrocution in Georgia, Baker was fully pardoned 60 years after her death. At her trial, she claimed that Knight had imprisoned her and threatened to shoot her if she attempted to leave, so she had taken his gun and shot him in self defense. Her trial was presided over by Judge William "Two Gun" Worrill and lasted how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Victory is ever fickle.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium, he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
In the News

Birth Control Pill Linked to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

One in 72 women is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but it may be possible to reduce this risk simply through birth control. A metaanalysis of 24 studies found that, overall, women who had taken the pill had a 27% lower risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The risk was further reduced in those who had used the pill for 10 years or longer; women who fell into this category were half as likely as those who had never used an oral contraceptive to receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis. However, previous research has linked the pill to an increased risk of cervical cancer. More...
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