Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

half-baked

Definition:(adjective) Foolish; totally unsound.
Synonyms:screwball, softheaded, crazy
Usage: I refuse to be drawn into another half-baked scheme doomed to failure.
Article of the Day

Mary Carleton, Imposter

Carleton was a 17th-century Englishwoman who was brought up on charges of bigamy after marrying multiple men. She then took on the persona of a German princess and married John Carleton, but she was exposed and put on trial. Both published pamphlets to support their versions of events. After her acquittal, Mary starred in a play about her life. She went on to defraud more men but was eventually arrested and sent to a penal colony. How was she punished for returning to England without permission? More...
This Day in History

Caleb Davis Bradham Begins Selling "Pepsi-Cola" (1898)

Bradham was a pharmacist who invented a soft drink made with kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils." He believed his drink aided digestion and renamed it "Pepsi-Cola" after the kola nut and pepsin, an enzyme that aids in digestion. In 1902, he incorporated the Pepsi-Cola Co, and, in 1931, the trademark and assets were bought by Charles Guth, who improved the formula and marketed a 12-ounce bottle for five cents with huge success. What did Bradham originally call his drink? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world's greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries. Goethe wrote which of his novels while suicidal over an unrequited love? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is all our Life, then but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

half-pint

Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement. More...
Today's Holiday

Plague Sunday

When the plague reached the village of Eyam, Derbyshire, England, in 1665, about three-fifths of the town's population was wiped out. But under the leadership of Vicar William Mompesson, the villagers voluntarily isolated themselves from other villages in the parish. Every year on the last Sunday in August, a procession of clergy, standard bearers, choir members, and musicians forms at Eyam's parish church and proceeds up the road leading toward a place up in the hills known as Cucklet Dell. A simple sermon pays tribute to the plague victims and the 74 villagers who survived. More...
In the News

Bypass Patients in Happy Marriages Live Longer

Happy marriages could help coronary artery bypass patients live longer. A study of 255 bypass patients found that the 15-year survival rates were higher for married patients than unmarried ones and were highest for those who reported having happy marriages. Though men in the study seemed to benefit regardless of the quality of their marriage, women who reported dissatisfaction in their marriages actually had no survival benefit over unmarried women. Researchers believe the social support marriages provide is responsible for the improved long-term survival of bypass patients. More...
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