Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

peachy

Definition:(adjective) (Informal) Splendid; fine.
Synonyms:bully, corking, cracking, dandy, nifty, smashing, swell, groovy, keen, great
Usage: Martha and I are in the middle of an extended vacation in Hawaii, so everything is just peachy as far as we are concerned.
Article of the Day

State Opening of Parliament

Once a year, the cellars of the Palace of Westminster are ceremoniously searched for explosives as part of the State Opening of Parliament, a colorful annual event that marks the return of the United Kingdom's legislature from recess. Other traditions associated with the event include the Crown holding a member of the House of Commons hostage and the House of Commons slamming its doors shut in the face of the queen's messenger. Why did Queen Elizabeth II miss the ceremonies in 1959 and 1963? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Newsweek Magazine Is Published (1933)

Originally News-Week, the magazine debuted 10 years after Time, for which Newsweek founder Thomas J.C. Martyn had been an editor. It evolved into a full spectrum of news material, from breaking news and analysis to reviews and commentary. In 1961, it was purchased by Philip Graham, publisher of The Washington Post. In 2010, it was sold for $1 to American businessman Sidney Harman. Today, Newsweek is the second largest newsweekly in the US. What is the largest? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)

Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell's article, befell the speaker of the event? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

the half of it

A portion of something, typically implied to be the most important of signficant part. (Often used in the negative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Bonden Festival (2017)

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine. The bonden is a ten-foot bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege of offering its bonden to the kami, or god. More...
In the News

Vitamin D Supplement Dosages Unreliable

Vitamin D deficiency is easily treatable with oral supplements, but many patients may not be getting the proper dosage, and this could be putting their health at risk. An analysis of vitamin D supplements on the market in the US revealed that dosages vary widely regardless of what is listed on the label. Over-the-counter, bottled pills were found to contain between 52 and 135 percent of their advertised vitamin D content, while those produced by compounding pharmacies contained as little as 23 percent and as much as 146 percent of the labeled amount. More...
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