Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

off-color

Definition:(adjective) In violation of good taste even verging on the indecent.
Synonyms:indelicate
Usage: The shareholder's meeting was entirely the wrong forum for his off-color joke.
Article of the Day

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Built in the 1950s by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome is an aerospace launch facility located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The world's first artificial satellite and first manned spacecraft were launched from there, and the base is still used by the Russian space program. Though the city that sprang up around the facility now shares the name Baikonur, it was originally Tyuratam. Baikonur was a mining town about 200 miles (320 km) away. Why was the base named for a distant town? 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
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

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 (2016)

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

American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Circumcision

People have long debated the ethics and benefits of infant circumcision, but experts are still divided on the controversial issue. Months ago, a German court made headlines when it ruled that circumcision causes grievous bodily harm and should not be performed on any male prior to the age of consent. The American Academy of Pediatrics, meanwhile, just issued new guidelines stating that the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks, citing evidence that the procedure can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and human papillomavirus. More...
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