Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

inundate

Definition:(verb) Fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid.
Synonyms:deluge, flood, swamp
Usage: If we inundate the senator's office with letters of protest, we are certain to get her attention.
Article of the Day

Free Speech Zone

Free speech zones are, in the US, fenced-in areas set aside in public places for activists to exercise their right to free speech. Though the zones give protesters space to voice their opinions, critics claim that the cages in fact censor dissenters by delineating where they must be when expressing themselves. Free speech zones were widely used during Vietnam-era protests and are still used at various political events. For whom did one California airport install free speech zones in the 1990s? More...
This Day in History

Greenwich Foot Tunnel Opens (1902)

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs. Opened in 1902, the tunnel replaced an occasionally unreliable ferry service and was intended to allow workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards. The tunnel is made of cast-iron rings lined with concrete and covered with some 200,000 white tiles. It is 1,215 ft (370 m) long and how deep underground? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Armstrong (1901)

Armstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More...
Quotation of the Day
The truth is, we each of us have an inborn conviction that the whole world, with everybody and everything in it, was created as a sort of necessary appendage to ourselves. Our fellow men and women were made to admire us and to minister to our various requirements.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

hard done-by

Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel." More...
Today's Holiday

Dog Days

The Dog Days are known as the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and usually occur in July and early August. In ancient times, the sultry weather in Rome during these months often made people sick, which they blamed on the fact that this was when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at about the same time as the sun. There are many different ways of calculating which days in any given year are the dog days, but it is impossible to be precise; nowadays it is generally assumed that they fall between July 3 and August 11—slightly later than they occurred in ancient times. More...
In the News

New Antibiotic Extracted from Marine Microbe

The emergence of antibiotic-resistan t strains of bacteria is a major threat to humans around the globe, but doctors may soon have another weapon in their arsenal, a compound dubbed anthracimycin. Extracted from a marine bacterium of the genus Streptomyces found in sediments off the coast of California, the new antibiotic compound appears to effectively kill anthrax and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). More...
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