Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

inedible

Definition:(adjective) Not suitable for food.
Synonyms:uneatable
Usage: Though it may look delicious, plastic fruit is inedible and should be used for display only.
Article of the Day

Friendship

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that "friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." He divided friendships into three types: the useful, friendship as a common enterprise; the pleasant, friendship as entertaining companionship; and the good or virtuous, friendship as mutual esteem. Modern studies have linked friendships with personal wellbeing, yet studies indicate that, at least in the US, friendships are on the decline. How many confidants does the average US citizen have? More...
This Day in History

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Opens in Wales (1805)

It took 10 years to build the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which towers over the River Dee valley in Wrexham, Wales. A feat of civil engineering, it is still in use more than two centuries later, allowing boats to cross the Llangollen Canal about 120 feet (35 m) above the valley. The aqueduct consists of a narrow cast iron trough supported by stone columns and bordered by a railed path that was built so horses could tow canal boats. The span occasionally closes for maintenance. How is it emptied? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Katharine Drexel (1858)

The niece of a wealthy Philadelphia banker, Drexel inherited a vast fortune and used it to address racial injustice and educational inequality in the US. She established mission schools across the American West and founded Xavier University, the only historically black, Catholic university in the US. In 1891, after becoming a Roman Catholic nun, she founded a society of nuns to aid Native Americans and African Americans. The second US-born saint, Drexel is known as the patron saint of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

keep schtum

To remain silent; to not say anything. (Used especially when by saying something, especially at the wrong time, one would cause trouble or difficulty for him- or herself.) Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Umoja Karamu (2017)

The African-American holiday of Umoja Karamu, which means "unity feast" in Kiswahili, celebrates family members' commitment to one another. Five periods of African-American life, each symbolized by a color, provide the framework for the ceremony: 1) the family in Africa, before slavery in America (black); 2) the enslaved family in America (white); 3) the family freed from slavery (red); 4) the family struggling for true liberation (green); 5) the family anticipating the future (orange or gold). Narratives, music, and foods relating to each period are part of the ceremony. More...
In the News

BPA Levels Soar after Eating Canned Soup

People who eat canned soup may be getting more than they bargained for. A study of 75 volunteers found that the compound bisphenol A (BPA), used in the lining of canned foods to prevent rusting and maintain freshness, was readily ingested when they ate canned soup. Just one serving a day appeared to increase BPA levels 20-fold. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it mimics the body's own hormones, and it has been linked with a number of adverse health effects. Many countries have already banned its use in baby bottles. More...
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