Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

pigeonhole

Definition:(verb) Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype.
Synonyms:stereotype, stamp
Usage: It would be incorrect to pigeonhole her as a children's author, since many adults also enjoy her books.
Article of the Day

The Great Disappointment

After serving in the War of 1812, farmer William Miller underwent a religious conversion and convinced himself—and, eventually, thousands of followers—that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent. He became a licensed Baptist preacher in 1833. The Millerite movement peaked in 1843 and declined rapidly after "the Great Disappointment"—the failure of the Second Coming to occur during the period predicted by Miller. His followers, however, organized what religious sect that still exists today? More...
This Day in History

Delta and Northwest Merge to Form World's Largest Airline (2008)

Founded as an aerial crop dusting operation in Georgia, Delta became the world's largest commercial air carrier more than 80 years after its inception when it merged with Northwest Airlines. The consolidation process was completed by January 31, 2010. Today, Delta has approximately 75,000 employees, and its headquarters in Atlanta includes the world's largest connecting hub. What employee relations issue caused problems during and after the merger with Northwest? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill Mauldin (1921)

After joining the US Army as an infantryman in 1940, Mauldin began sketching cartoons about enlisted life. In 1944, he began producing his cartoons full time for the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of two cynical and unkempt American soldiers, Willie and Joe, made Mauldin a hero to American soldiers in World War II. Later, Mauldin became a political cartoonist for civilian papers. What fate had Mauldin intended for Willie and Joe at the end of the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkey Republic Day (2017)

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More...
In the News

Daily Aspirin Cuts Hereditary Cancer Risk

One in every 1,000 people is afflicted with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that makes people vulnerable to a range of cancers including those of the bowel, uterus, and stomach. However, a recent study found that taking just two aspirins a day for at least two years reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch syndrome by 63 percent and cut the incidence of other cancers in half. Previous studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer, but this was the first time a randomized controlled trial specifically looking at the link between the two found this effect. More...
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