Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

ostracize

Definition:(verb) Expel from a community or group.
Synonyms:banish, blackball, cast out, shun, ban
Usage: I have been ostracized by my teammates ever since I accidentally scored the winning goal for our opponents in the championship game.
Article of the Day

Roquefort Cheese

One of the best-known of all French cheeses, Roquefort comes from ewe's milk aged in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the south of France. Though similar cheeses are produced elsewhere, European law dictates that only those cheeses aged in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon's caves may bear the name "Roquefort." Distinctive veins of blue mold, found in the caves' soil, give the cheese its characteristic odor and strong taste of butyric acid. According to legend, how was this mold discovered? More...
This Day in History

Elvis Presley Appears on The Ed Sullivan Show (1956)

Presley was one of the 20th century's most popular American singers. His first national television appearance was in 1955 on Jackie Gleason's Stage Show, but it was his 1956 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that made him a national sensation. His pelvic gyrations caused a scandal but earned him thousands of adoring, often female, fans. That same year he released his first million-selling single, "Heartbreak Hotel," and starred in the first of his 33 movies, which was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Harland David "Colonel" Sanders (1890)

In 1929, Sanders opened a gas station and small restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. His cooking grew so popular that he soon closed the gas station. By 1939, he had developed a secret blend of herbs and spices and a process for cooking chicken more quickly than conventional methods. He sold his restaurant in 1956 and took to the road franchising his fried chicken recipe. By 1964, when he sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation, he had sold more than 600 franchises. How did Sanders get his title? More...
Quotation of the Day
The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

hanging offense

A crime, misdeed, or impropriety that is (hyperbolically) perceived to warrant death by hanging. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Independence Day (2016)

The founding of North Korea on September 9, 1948, is observed throughout the country as a national holiday. Much of the observance of North Korea's founding day centers on adulating Kim Il-Sung, the founding leader. The main public celebrations take place in the capital city, Pyongyang, and can include such events as government banquets in the late Kim's honor, political meetings, concerts, and displays of song and dance. Officials and citizens also lay flowers before the monuments to Kim in the capital. Similar displays also take place in towns and cities throughout North Korea. More...
In the News

Sibling Bullying Takes Mental Toll

Siblings will inevitably fight, but when one regularly says nasty or hurtful things to or about the other, gets physical with him or her, or consistently ignores him or her, it crosses the line into bullying and can do lasting harm. Eighteen-year-olds who were bullied by a sibling several times a week in childhood were about twice as likely as their peers to have depression, to have anxiety, and to engage in self-harm. It is important, therefore, for parents to understand that bullying can occur in the home just as it can in school and to intervene when they see their children treating each other in a bullying manner. More...
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