Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

glutton

Definition:(noun) A person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
Synonyms:gourmand, gorger, gannet, gobbler, pig
Usage: He is a real glutton when it comes to junk food, but somehow he stays skinny as a toothpick.
Article of the Day

Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys had already pioneered California rock—guitar-oriented songs about girls and surfing—when Brian Wilson resolved to create "the greatest rock album ever made." Wilson's new arrangements, full of sweeping harmonies and sounds ranging from the electro-theremin to the bicycle bell, made up the 1966 album Pet Sounds. Its songs—including "God Only Knows" and "You Still Believe in Me"—shocked his bandmates but enthralled listeners. What album inspired Wilson's creative quest? More...
This Day in History

First Group of Explorers Reaches South Pole (1911)

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had been planning for a trip to the North Pole until he heard that someone had beaten him to it. Instead, he and his team set sail for Antarctica. There, they spent nearly a year preparing for the final two-month trek that made them the first people to reach the South Pole. With good equipment and plenty of sled dogs, the team was extremely well prepared compared to other polar expeditions of the day, some of which ended badly. How was their clothing better? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Chase Smith (1897)

Smith served as her husband's secretary following his election as a US representative. After he died in 1940, she was elected to finish his unexpired term, becoming Maine's first congresswoman. Noted for her integrity and independence, she joined the Senate in 1948 and continued to be reelected until 1972. In 1950, she gave her famed "Declaration of Conscience" speech opposing the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The speech earned her what derisive nickname from McCarthy's staff? More...
Quotation of the Day
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

leave home

To cease living with one's parents; to strike out on one's own. More...
Today's Holiday

Third Night of Hanukkah (2017)

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and while the candles burn it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel. More...
In the News

Aspartame Deemed Safe

Ever since the sugar substitute aspartame came on the market in the 1980s, it has been dogged by rumors that it causes a host of adverse health effects. Over the years, it has been blamed for everything from premature births to cancer to behavioral problems in children. Yet, a comprehensive study by the European Food Safety Authority concludes that the sweetener is safe at current consumption levels and poses no health danger, except to those who suffer from a rare genetic defect known as phenylketonuria. More...
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