Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

pitfall

Definition:(noun) An unsuspected difficulty or danger.
Synonyms:booby trap
Usage: She's like a gentle little doe feeding on lilies—she doesn't dream of the pitfalls ahead of her.
Article of the Day

Essential Oils

Known and traded since ancient times, essential oils are highly volatile organic compounds distilled from plants. Each type of oil imparts the "essence," or characteristic odor, of the plant from which it is derived. This aroma can rarely be reproduced using synthetic components. Essential oils are used for flavoring food, scenting perfume, and in medicine. Clove oil, for instance, is used in dentistry, and eucalyptus oil as a disinfectant. What other uses do essential oils have? More...
This Day in History

First "Fireside Chat" by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)

The "fireside chats" were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense. How many fireside chats did he deliver in all? More...
Today's Birthday

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890)

Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and ballet's first modernist choreographer. One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he performed spectacular leaps with unrivaled grace. During his career, his innovations were considered both scandalous and revolutionary. He had a romantic relationship with his mentor, Sergey Diaghilev, who dismissed him from the Ballets Russes when he married a Hungarian countess. A few years later, acute schizophrenia ended his career. Did he and Diaghilev ever reconcile? More...
Quotation of the Day
This simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauritius Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the day in 1968 when Mauritius gained independence from Britain, after being under its rule since the early 19th century. More...
In the News

Fruits and Veggies Give Skin Attractive Glow

If just being healthier is not enough to motivate you to eat the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day, perhaps being more attractive is. According to new research, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables could contribute to a deepening of natural red and yellow skin coloration, which is thought to increase one's perceived attractiveness. The researchers believe that even small dietary changes could produce perceptible results. While experts have noted certain failures in the study's design, they agree that the findings could be beneficial anyway, since they encourage people to increase their fruit and vegetable intake. More...
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