Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

red-blooded

Definition:(adjective) Endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health.
Synonyms:full-blooded, lusty, hearty
Usage: George was admired as a true red-blooded athlete who always performed with vigor and aplomb.
Article of the Day

Wilkins Micawber

Micawber is a character from Charles Dickens's 1850 novel David Copperfield. Though eternally optimistic, he persistently falls behind financially. As a result, he is sent to a debtor's prison, much like Dickens's father, the real-life inspiration for Micawber. He eventually exposes his employer, Uriah Heep, as a criminal, and is able to start a new life in Australia. One of Micawber's memorable quotes pertaining to personal finance is known as the Micawber Principle. What is it? More...
This Day in History

Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American US Supreme Court Justice (1967)

The great-grandson of a slave and the first African American to serve on the US Supreme Court, Marshall was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of the Civil Rights movement. As a lawyer, he won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the Supreme Court, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education and others that established equal protection for African Americans in housing, voting, employment, and education. What church has included Marshall in its calendar of saints? More...
Today's Birthday

Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Wells sang gospel music in church as a child and performed on radio in the 1930s. She achieved fame with her 1952 hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," a rebuttal to a popular song about wayward women. It made her the first female musician to top the country music charts, paving the way for later female country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She sang about topics such as drinking and divorce. How did radio stations react to her first hit? More...
Quotation of the Day
Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

last-ditch attempt

A final effort or attempt to solve a problem or avoid failure or defeat, especially after a series of failures or setbacks. More...
Today's Holiday

Huey P. Long Day (2017)

Huey Long was the colorful and often controversial governor of Louisiana from 1928 until 1932. Although he was impeached only a year after he'd been elected, he refused to yield the governorship to his lieutenant governor, a political enemy. Despite his controversial political activities, Long was revered by the rural people of the state, who supported his Share-Our-Wealth Society promising a minimum income for every American family. His birthday, August 30, is a special observance in Louisiana that the governor can declare a legal holiday. More...
In the News

Sugar Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star

For the first time, astronomers have discovered sugar—one of the building blocks of life—in a gas cloud near a star. The simple molecule, called glycolaldehyde, is essential to the formation of ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is present in all living cells. The 10,000-year-old star, known as IRAS 16293-2422, is similar to the Sun and is approximately 400 light-years from Earth. Scientists believe the glycolaldehyde may have been formed as a result of the star's radiation hitting even simpler molecules. More...
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