Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

populate

Definition:(verb) Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of.
Synonyms:inhabit, live, dwell
Usage: Millions of as yet undiscovered creatures populate the ocean depths.
Article of the Day

The Bow Street Runners

The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force, as they were paid by the magistrate, using funds from the central government, to pursue and arrest criminals. The group was established in 1749 by the English author Henry Fielding, who had taken up law and been appointed magistrate after his plays satirizing political corruption had resulted in his effective banishment from the theater. Fielding's force was established the same year that he published what novel? More...
This Day in History

Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

Founded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)

The son of a British poet laureate and an actress, Day-Lewis is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed actors today. He is also one of the most selective, working only sporadically and maintaining a low profile between films. The intense method actor has won two Academy Awards for best actor, for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood, and is known for his diverse and convincing roles. In 1997, he disappeared and became an apprentice in Italy—in what trade? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

in plain view

In full, unrestricted view; visibly, openly, or publicly. More...
Today's Holiday

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2017)

A 10-day feast for the ears, the eyes, and the stomach held in New Orleans, Louisiana, this festival brings together thousands of musicians, artisans, and cooks who do their thing for more than half a million visitors. The concerts feature not only traditional and contemporary jazz, but also other music forms developed in New Orleans: ragtime, country, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, folk, and Latin. Food tents serve a multitude of indigenous foods, such as jambalaya, andouille, crawfish bisque, gumbo, frog legs, and so on. Hundreds of artisans also display their crafts. More...
In the News

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ

Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower intelligence quotients (IQs) than their peers when they reach school age. Three US studies have found that a child's IQ tends to decrease in proportion to its mother's exposure to organophosphates during pregnancy. While prenatal exposure to these pesticides was linked with childhood IQ, exposure after birth was not, suggesting that organophosphates are more damaging to developing fetuses than to children. More...
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