Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

elegy

Definition:(noun) A mournful poem; a lament for the dead.
Synonyms:lament, requiem, dirge
Usage: Standing beside his departed friend's casket, Mike delivered a moving elegy that brought everyone in the room to tears.
Article of the Day

No Man's Land

No man's land is territory whose ownership is unclear or under dispute and is often unoccupied. The term—then spelled "nonesmanneslond"—was likely first used in medieval Europe to describe a contested territory or refuse dumping ground between fiefdoms. During WWI, it was used to refer to the land between enemy trenches too dangerous to occupy, and during the Cold War, it became associated with territories near the Iron Curtain. What stretch of no man's land is known as the "Cactus Curtain"? More...
This Day in History

US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Incident (2007)

In 2007, six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a US Air Force bomber and transported from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana without the knowledge the flight crew. A military investigation of the incident found that a number of procedures for handling nuclear weapons had been carried out improperly by numerous service members. Disciplinary actions were taken against many officers, including what high-ranking officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ingrid Bergman (1915)

Bergman was a Swedish actress who specialized in portrayals of strong, sophisticated women. Her radiance and unaffected charm made her a star in films such as Casablanca, Gaslight, and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. A scandal caused by her affair with director Roberto Rossellini kept her off the US screen for seven years and forced her to return to Europe until 1956, when she made her successful Hollywood comeback in Anastasia. How many Academy Awards did she win? More...
Quotation of the Day
People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes—his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest!

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920)

Idiom of the Day

halfway decent

Somewhat good, useful, or enjoyable, but not very; passable. More...
Today's Holiday

Burning Man (2016)

Burning Man is a counterculture festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, conceived by Larry Harvey in 1986 to honor the Summer Solstice. It has since become a populist phenomenon, where participants set up a temporary "city," creating their own community. People are expected to interact with one another, produce and display artwork, play music, do sponteneous performances—as long as they actively participate. The 50-foot-high Man towers over Black Rock City until the climax of the festival on Saturday night, when the figure is ignited and the Man becomes a fiery blaze. More...
In the News

"Cancer" Impacts Patients' Treatment Preferences

The terminology a doctor uses when breaking the news of a diagnosis to a patient could affect which course of treatment the patient opts for. Women are more likely to choose surgery to treat ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive type of breast lesion, when the word cancer is used in its description. When it is presented to them as "a breast lesion" or "abnormal cells," as opposed to "non-invasive breast cancer," they are more open to alternative treatment options like drugs and watchful waiting. More...
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