Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

profligate

Definition:(adjective) Shamelessly immoral or debauched.
Synonyms:degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, riotous, fast
Usage: We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honor; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.
Article of the Day

Blood Type

Human blood is classified according to the presence or absence of specific markers, called antigens, on the surface of red blood cells. The most commonly encountered blood group system is the ABO system, which classifies blood based on the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B. There are four blood types in this grouping, A, B, AB, and O. Type AB indicates the presence of both antigens and O the absence of both. What do the symbols + and – represent in the classification of blood? More...
This Day in History

The "Gimli Glider": Air Canada Flight Runs Out of Fuel Mid-Flight (1983)

The "Gimli Glider" is the nickname given to Air Canada Flight 143, which ran out of fuel on a routine flight from Montreal to Edmonton in 1983. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at a retired airstrip in Gimli, Manitoba, even through part of the runway had been converted into a racetrack and a large event was being held there at the time. Amazingly, no passengers or bystanders suffered any serious injuries. Why did the plane run out of fuel? More...
Today's Birthday

Judit Polgár (1976)

Polgár is a Hungarian chess grandmaster and by far the strongest female chess player in history. A prodigy from an early age, she won many youth tournaments competing against boys. In 1991, at the age of 15, Polgár became the youngest grandmaster in history at the time, earning the distinction faster than Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. She later became the first woman to be ranked in the top ten in the world, ranking as high as eighth. What world champions has Polgár defeated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer.

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) a knack for (something)

To be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something. More...
Today's Holiday

The Three Weeks

The 17th of Tammuz (Shivah Asar b'Tammuz) marks the day on which the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar. The three-week period between this day and the ninth of Av is known in Hebrew as the period Ben ha-Metsarim. It is a time of mourning for the Jewish people. Restrictions include not shaving or cutting one's hair, not wearing new clothes, nor eating fruit for the first time in season. On each of the three Sabbaths during the Three Weeks, a special prophetic passage of the Old Testament, known as a haftarah, is read. More...
In the News

Smoker's Widow Awarded $23.6 Billion

A widow who lost her husband to lung cancer stemming from decades of chain-smoking has received a $23.6 billion punitive judgment against cigarette manufacturer RJ Reynolds. Her legal team had argued that the company had been negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of tobacco, making it responsible for her husband's cancer and resulting death. In addition to the multi-billion-dollar punitive judgment, she was awarded $16.8 million in compensatory damages. RJ Reynolds called the decision "grossly excessive" and plans to appeal. More...
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