Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

wellspring

Definition:(noun) An abundant source.
Synonyms:fountainhead
Usage: The new recruit was a wellspring of ideas and reinvigorated the department with her out-of-the-box thinking.
Article of the Day

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956

In October 1956, discontented Hungarians—emboldened by a speech in which Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized actions taken by Stalin's regime—began a revolt that quickly spread across the country, toppling the government. However, Western powers failed to respond to appeals for assistance, and the USSR soon invaded and quashed the revolution. Nevertheless, Hungary did thereafter experience a slow evolution toward some internal autonomy. Who was Time magazine's 1956 Man of the Year? More...
This Day in History

Steam Locomotive John Bull Operates for the First Time (1831)

The John Bull is a steam locomotive that ran on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad built in New Jersey. Retired in 1866, the locomotive was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1885 and became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world in 1981, when it was operated in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of its first use. Though its official name was Stevens, crews began calling it John Bull, and the name eventually stuck. What made them choose that name? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Agatha Christie (1890)

Christie, a British mystery novelist and playwright known for her detective figures Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, wrote over 75 novels, including Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. Her books have been translated into 100 languages and have sold over 100 million copies, and her play The Mousetrap, still running after 23,000 performances, holds the record for longest initial run in theatrical history. What prompted Christie's 1926 disappearance? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is a leaf-joy, which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

harp on the same string

To dwell tediously and repeatedly upon a single subject or topic, especially in complaint. Likened to playing the same note over and over again on a harp. More...
Today's Holiday

Mid-Autumn Festival (2016)

This festival to honor the moon goddess is a national holiday in China and a day celebrated in Asian communities all over the world. Family reunions are traditional on this day. People travel long distances to be together for exchanging presents, feasting, and eating moon cakes, which in their roundness are symbolic of family unity. Some are made of lotus seed paste, some of red bean paste, and some have a duck egg in the center. There are varying versions of the origins of the festival; the most accepted is that the day is a harvest festival at a time when the moon is brightest. More...
In the News

Fatherhood Lowers Testosterone Levels

Researchers who tracked more than 600 men over a five-year period found that men experience a substantial dip in testosterone levels immediately after becoming fathers and that those more involved in childcare have even greater reductions in the hormone. Testosterone is believed to be largely responsible for a man's sex drive and may help him compete for a mate. A decrease in testosterone levels may help him focus more on family and parenthood. The findings of this study suggest that women are not the only ones who are biologically wired to be involved in the child rearing process. More...
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