Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

demonstrable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being demonstrated or proved.
Synonyms:provable
Usage: The mother showed a demonstrable lack of concern for the general welfare of her children, so they were taken away from her.
Article of the Day

White Elephants

A "white elephant" is an expensive possession that is a financial burden to maintain. The expression derives from Southeast Asian monarchs' practice of making gifts of rare albino elephants, which, although sacred in South Asia and a sign of the ruler’s favor, were very expensive to keep and could not be sold or used for work. White elephants were thus both a blessing and a curse. According to tradition, what role did a white elephant play in the birth of the Buddha? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

Coffee-Drinking Women Less Depressed

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help stave off depression. A study of more than 50,000 US female nurses found that those who regularly consume caffeine are less likely to develop depression and that the risk of depression decreases as consumption increases. Drinking four cups of coffee a day was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of depression. The findings are consistent with previous research linking caffeine consumption with a lower risk of depression and suicide. More...
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