Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 26, 2014)
Word of the Day

resolute

Definition:(adjective) Firm in purpose or belief; steadfast.
Synonyms:determined, stalwart, staunch, persevering
Usage: I am resolute in my opposition to these proposals, so don't bother trying to sway me.
Article of the Day

Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York, is home to two unusual lakes. Green Lake and Round Lake are meromictic, meaning that unlike most lakes, their deep and shallow waters do not mix. The absence of mixing produces relatively undisturbed layers of sediment—a scientific boon—and creates gorgeous blue-green waters. Along with its eponymous lakes, the park is known for its 18-hole public golf course, which opened at the height of the Great Depression. How was the course's designer paid? More...
This Day in History

The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. What does the word "Parthenon" mean in Greek? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Hine (1874)

Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have a good day

cliché An expression of farewell. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen September Revolution Day

Yemen observes two Revolution Days: one commemorates the revolutionary movement that overthrew the monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr on September 26, 1962, and helped pave the way for the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic. Before that could occur, however, British occupation of the area remained another force impeding independence. Revolts against the British then ensued in 1962-63, and, by 1967, the British granted Yemen its sovereignty. These revolts are commemorated on October 14. More...
In the News

Blood Donations from Gay Men Could Save Millions of Lives in US

Since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV was being transmitted via blood transfusions, gay men have been barred from donating blood in the US. In the decades since, great strides have been made in the testing and detection of HIV, yet the blanket ban is still in place. There have been repeated calls for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift this ban, even by the American Medical Association, which has called the policy "discriminatory and not based on sound science." Were the FDA to lift the ban, the additional blood subsequently collected could help save an estimated 1.8 million lives every year. More...
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