Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

habit-forming

Definition:(adjective) Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.
Synonyms:addictive
Usage: Cocaine is a habit-forming drug.
Article of the Day

Sigurd

Sigurd is a hero of German and Old Norse mythology noted for his strength and courage. He is one of the heroes of the Poetic Edda, the epic poem Nibelungenlied, where he is known as Siegfried, and Wagner's operatic tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung. He figures in many different and sometimes inconsistent legends and is said to have slain a dragon, won an accursed hoard of gold, and married a princess. What parallels can be drawn between Sigurd and the Greek hero Achilles? More...
This Day in History

Decimal Day (1971)

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 "new pence," and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? More...
Today's Birthday

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820)

Anthony was a pioneer in the US women's suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women's rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

gym bunny

Someone who is obsessively preoccupied with maintaining or improving his or her physique and thus spends a large amount of time at the gym to do so. More...
Today's Holiday

Lupercalia (2017)

This was an ancient Roman festival during which worshippers gathered at a grotto on the Palatine Hill in Rome called the Lupercal. The sacrifice of goats and dogs to the Roman deities Lupercus and Faunus was part of the ceremony. Luperci (priests of Lupercus) dressed in goatskins and, smeared with the sacrificial blood, would run about striking women with thongs of goat skin. This was thought to assure them of fertility and an easy delivery. The name for these thongs—februa—meant "means of purification" and eventually gave the month of February its name. More...
In the News

Energy Drinks Could Be Dangerous for Youngsters

Sales of non-alcoholic energy drinks in the US are expected to reach $9 billion this year, and despite the fact that these products could pose a health risk to some children and young adults, youngsters account for half the market. Researchers reviewed numerous studies on the health effects of energy drinks, which contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants, and found cases of seizures, delusions, heart problems, and kidney and liver damage. Though the incidence of such health problems is low, certain groups of people, particularly youngsters, could be at greater risk. Researchers are calling for tighter regulation of the energy drink industry. More...
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