Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

repast

Definition:(noun) The food served and eaten at one time.
Synonyms:meal
Usage: Numerous exquisite dishes ... were placed successively before the guests, and the richest wines of France flowed in profusion during this splendid repast.
Article of the Day

Messel Pit

One of the most significant fossil sites in the world, the Messel Pit is a former shale quarry in Germany. About 47 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch, the area was home to a lake, and archaeologists hypothesize that it periodically released clouds of poisonous volcanic gases. Insects, fish, birds, and mammals that died there were preserved with incredible detail—down to fur and feathers—in the lake's sediment. Prehistoric versions of what modern animals have been found there? More...
This Day in History

USA PATRIOT Act Signed into Law (2001)

Enacted quickly and with little opposition in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the sweeping USA PATRIOT Act dramatically enhanced the powers of law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies within the US. The bill has since come under increasing scrutiny and criticism, and aspects of it have faced legal challenges in the courts. After it was renewed in 2006, most of its sections became permanent. What section of the act has riled librarians in particular? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahalia Jackson (1911)

As a child, Jackson sang at the New Orleans church where her father preached. After moving to Chicago, she sang with a touring gospel quintet. Her warm, powerful voice first came to wider public attention in the 1930s. Called "The Queen of Gospel," she sang at an inaugural party for US President John F. Kennedy, at the 1963 March on Washington, and at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite many offers, she refused to sing secular songs. Jackson was born with what physical deformity? More...
Quotation of the Day
But there, everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

a joy to behold

A thing, event, or experience that creates a profound sense of joy or elation in the spectator. More...
Today's Holiday

Punkie Night (2017)

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More...
In the News

Socioeconomic Disparity in CPR Administration

A large-scale, US study of how race, income, and other neighborhood characteristics affect a person's chances of receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) reveals that people who suffer cardiac arrest in poor, minority neighborhoods are much less likely to receive CPR from bystanders than those who collapse in wealthier, Caucasian neighborhoods. While race does appear to be a factor—black victims in low-income, black neighborhoods are least likely to receive assistance—a neighborhood's economic makeup seems to have a greater influence on the likelihood of receiving bystander-initiated CPR. More...
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