Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 08, 2015)
Word of the Day

unadulterated

Definition:(adjective) Not mingled or diluted with extraneous matter.
Synonyms:pure
Usage: Because she did not like artificial or diluted flavors, she made sure to purchase unadulterated maple syrup.
Article of the Day

Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is a well-known television game show which first ran on NBC in 1964. Its most successful incarnation is the current Alex Trebek-hosted syndicated version, which has aired continuously since September 10, 1984. The Jeopardy! concept of presenting clues in the form of answers was created by Merv Griffin, who also created Wheel of Fortune. Why is the show called Jeopardy!? 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
Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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

Man Gets World's First Skull and Scalp Transplant, Plus New Kidney

James Boysen was falling apart when he went into surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital two weeks ago. His pancreas was damaged, his kidney was deteriorating and he had a radiation wound in his head that refused to heal. The 55-year-old left the ... More...
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