Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

bedraggled

Definition:(adjective) In deplorable condition.
Synonyms:broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, derelict
Usage: It was a tall, shabby building, that cannot have been painted for years, and it had so bedraggled an air that the houses on each side of it looked neat and clean.
Article of the Day

The Eurobarometer

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys that have been regularly performed since 1973 on behalf of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU). Posing a range of questions, it examines public opinion on issues relating to the EU across its member states and investigates topics such as the environment, technology, and health. A Flash Eurobarometer consists of telephone interviews that yield results more quickly. How often is the Standard Eurobarometer survey conducted? More...
This Day in History

CERN Is Founded (1954)

Abbreviated as CERN after the original French name, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is the world's largest particle physics laboratory. CERN's activities are sponsored by 20 European countries. It was there that the World Wide Web—developed to promote scientific collaboration by facilitating information sharing—was invented in the 1990s. CERN's latest project, the Large Hadron Collider, is, among other things, being used to discover the hypothesized Higgs boson, which is what? More...
Today's Birthday

László Bíró (1899)

Frustrated by the way his fountain pen's sharp tip would tear paper and by the amount of time he wasted filling the pen with ink and cleaning up smudges, László Bíró set to work developing a better pen. A Hungarian newspaper editor, he noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and without smudging, but it was too viscous for use with existing pens. With the help of his brother, a chemist, he developed the modern ballpoint pen. How long did it take him to build his pen? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are not rich in the bank, but we have always prospered, and we have quite enough. I never walk out with my husband but I hear the people bless him ... I never lie down at night but I know that in the course of that day he has alleviated pain and soothed some fellow-creature in the time of need ... Is not this to be rich?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have a hankering for (something)

To have a very strong, persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Michaelmas (2016)

The Feast of the Archangel Michael, or the Day of St. Michael and All Angels, is a traditional feast day in the Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, and Orthodox churches. Churches dedicated to Michael can be found in Asia and throughout coastal Europe, usually in places where Michael is reputed to have saved the community from the threat of a monster or giant. The ninth-century abbey Mont St.-Michel, off the coast of Normandy, France, once held the shield said to have been worn by Michael in his fight against the dragon. More...
In the News

US High Schoolers Still "Extreme" Binge Drinking Despite Dangers

When researchers examine teen binge drinking, they often focus on episodes in which four or five alcoholic beverages are consumed on a single occasion. However, this threshold fails to take into account an even more dangerous trend: "extreme" binge drinking. In a recent study, American high school seniors were asked whether, over the prior two weeks, they had consumed 5 or more, 10 or more, or 15 or more drinks on a single occasion. About 10 percent of respondents reported having recently had 10 or more drinks, and about 5 percent said they had had 15 or more. More...
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