Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

unnerve

Definition:(verb) To cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc.
Synonyms:faze, unsettle, enervate
Usage: The look on her father's face unnerved her, and she soon dropped her gaze and meekly waited for him to tell her what her punishment would be.
Article of the Day

The Mary Celeste

In 1872, the Mary Celeste, a brigantine merchant ship, was discovered drifting in calm seas in the Atlantic Ocean—unmanned and apparently abandoned. The crew's disappearance is considered especially unusual because the ship was seaworthy when found, its cargo was still intact, there was an ample supply of food and water on board, and there were no clear signs of foul play. The case remains one of history’s greatest maritime mysteries. What are some theories about the crew’s disappearance? More...
This Day in History

Leningrad's Name Reverts to Saint Petersburg (1991)

Russia's second largest city, Saint Petersburg is a major seaport, rail junction, and industrial, cultural, and scientific center. The city was built in 1703 by Peter the Great, who sought an outlet to the sea and a port for trade through the Baltic. It was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 to 1917. Named "Leningrad" in 1924, the city reverted to its original name, Saint Petersburg, in 1991. What had the city been called between 1914 and 1924? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Addams (1860)

In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the first social settlements in the US. Based on the settlements begun in England by Samuel Barnett, Hull House served as a community center for the poor and as a center for social reform, and influenced the settlement movement throughout the country. A joint recipient of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize, Addams was a leader in the women's suffrage and pacifist movements and a lecturer and writer. What are some of her books? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

handbags at dawn

A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at dawn," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Swaziland Independence Day

Independence Day is a national holiday in Swaziland. On this day in 1968, Swaziland became self-governing after having been ruled by Britain since 1903. This national holiday was also known as Somhlolo Day or Sobhuza Day, named after Sobhuza II (1899-1982), king of Swaziland from 1921 until his death. In 1973, he disregarded the constitution passed upon independence and assumed supreme power. More...
In the News

Study Suggests Cancer More Common in 9/11 Responders

For years, rescue workers have argued that exposure to toxic dust at the World Trade Center site following the 2001 attacks caused many of them to develop cancer. Now, a new study seems to support their claims. It found that firefighters who were exposed to toxic smoke and dust in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have a 19 percent higher risk of developing cancer than colleagues who were not exposed. Advocates for ground zero responders hope the findings will convince officials overseeing a 9/11 health program to provide compensation to people who developed cancer after exposure to the site. More...
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