Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

inextirpable

Definition:(adjective) Difficult or impossible to eradicate or destroy.
Synonyms:inexterminable
Usage: Some weeds seem inextirpable, but they all have at least one weakness that may be exploited.
Article of the Day

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Considered the father of modern conjuring, Houdin was a French magician after whom Harry Houdini named himself. Originally a clockmaker, he was celebrated for his optical illusions and mechanical devices. He was the first to use electromagnetism for his effects, and attributed his magic to natural instead of supernatural means. In 1856, he was sent to Algeria by the French government to counter the influence of the dervishes by outdoing their feats. What are some of his famous illusions? More...
This Day in History

Saddam Hussein Is Executed (2006)

During his presidency of Iraq from 1979 to 2003, Hussein instituted a brutal dictatorship, launching wars against Iran and Kuwait and directing campaigns against Iraqi minorities, particularly the Kurds. After an Anglo-American force invaded Iraq in 2003 and drove him from power, he spent several months in hiding but was captured by US forces. In 2006, the Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. What hobby did Hussein take up while in prison awaiting execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Bo Diddley (1928)

Diddley was a pioneering African-American rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known for his pounding signature beat, guitar effects, and jive talk, and he was a powerful influence on generations of rockers, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Nicknamed after the single-stringed folk instrument called a diddley bow, he studied the violin at his Baptist Church in Chicago and began performing in South Side clubs, playing what unique type of guitar? More...
Quotation of the Day
He did each single thing, as if he did nothing else.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

end (something) on a high note

To finish, complete, or leave (something) at a successful, impressive, or climactic point. More...
Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2016)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
In the News

Mother-Toddler Relationship Linked to Obesity

A new study finds that toddlers who have poor relationships with their mothers are more likely to end up obese as teens. More than a quarter of those who scored lowest on mother-child relationship tests as toddlers were obese at age 15, whereas only 13 percent of the children who had good relationships with their mothers went on to become obese. Though the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers speculate that an overlap between the areas of the brain that govern stress and energy balance could affect appetite regulation and lead to weight gain. More...
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