Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

deportment

Definition:(noun) The manner in which a person behaves, especially in physical bearing.
Synonyms:demeanor, conduct, behavior
Usage: Marilla had almost begun to despair of ever fashioning this waif of the world into her model little girl of demure manners and prim deportment.
Article of the Day

Football Hooliganism

Soccer, or association football, as it known throughout most of the world, is the most popular international team sport, followed by vast, emotional audiences and associated at times with outbreaks of violence and mass hooliganism, notably by British supporters. Violence at football matches dates back centuries, with political, religious, and territorial rivalries often contributing to feuds between fans of opposing teams. What incident occurred during England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup? More...
This Day in History

The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there? More...
Today's Birthday

Meriwether Lewis (1774)

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Raksha Bandhan

This day, sometimes also referred to as Brother and Sister Day, is celebrated in some parts of India by brothers and sisters to reaffirm their bonds of affection, as well as to perform a ritual of protection. A sister ties a bracelet made of colorful threads and amulets, called a rakhi, on her brother's wrists. The brother in turn may give his sister gifts—a piece of jewelry or money—while promising to protect her. In Nepal, it is a festival for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Brahmins put golden threads around everyone's wrists; they are worn until Diwali. More...
In the News

Autistic Kids' Siblings Face Greater Risk

The causes of autism are not fully understood, but more and more evidence supports the assertion that it runs in families. A new study has found that the risk of autism in younger siblings of children with the developmental disorder is considerably higher than previously thought. Among 664 children with at least one older sibling with autism, the risk of an autism spectrum disorder was 18.7 percent, not 3 to 10 percent as previously estimated. In families with more than one autistic child, the average risk for a younger sibling was 32 percent. More...
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