Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 2, 2011)
Word of the Day

jodhpurs

Definition:(noun) Wide-hipped riding pants of heavy cloth, fitting tightly from knee to ankle.
Synonyms:riding breeches
Usage: When she opened the box and saw the neatly folded jodhpurs inside, she knew that her parents were finally going to allow her to take riding lessons.
Article of the Day

The Alevi

Numbering in the tens of millions, Alevis are members of a religious, sub-ethnic, and cultural community found primarily in Turkey. Alevism is classified as a branch of Shi'a Islam, but there are significant differences between Alevi beliefs, traditions, and rituals and those of other orthodox sects. For example, Alevi worship takes place in assembly houses—cemevi—rather than mosques, and it features music and dance in which both women and men participate. What are some other differences? More...
This Day in History

Sled Dogs Reach Nome, Alaska, with Diphtheria Serum (1925)

In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak threatened the city of Nome. The town's supply of antitoxin had run out, and a mail shipment would have taken weeks to arrive. After learning of the crisis, 20 mushers and some 150 sled dogs, including the famous Balto, relayed fresh antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) in a record five and a half days, preventing an epidemic. Today, the heroic journey is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. How long did a reenactment of the serum run take in 1975? More...
Today's Birthday

George Halas, "Papa Bear" (1895)

Halas was a pioneering football player, coach, and owner of one of the 11 original teams in the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the Decatur Staleys. Founded in 1920, the APFA went on to become the National Football League (NFL) in 1922—the same year Halas moved his team to Chicago and renamed it the Bears. Under his leadership, the Chicago Bears won seven NFL championships. In addition to coaching, Halas also played what position during the 1920s? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

how's life (treating you)?

How are you? How is everything in your life? (Said as an informal greeting.) More...
Today's Holiday

Candlemas (2017)

After observing the traditional 40-day period of purification following the birth of Jesus, Mary presented him to God at the Temple in Jerusalem. According to a New Testament gospel, an aged and devout Jew named Simeon held the baby in his arms and said he would be "a light to lighten the Gentiles". It is for this reason that February 2 has come to be called Candlemas and has been celebrated by the blessing of candles since the 11th century. In both the Eastern and Western churches, it is now known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. More...
In the News

Patients Overprescribed Narcotics

Prescription painkillers are second only to marijuana as Americans' illegal drugs of choice, and pills left over from legitimate narcotic prescriptions could be an important source of the drugs for abusers. In a recent study, researchers found that two-thirds of 213 patients prescribed narcotics after a urology procedure had pills left over weeks later. Most kept their leftover pills in medicine cabinets, making them easily accessible to those who would choose to abuse them. To combat this, one expert suggests that doctors prescribe fewer pills to patients at the outset and provide them with more later, if needed. More...
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