Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

dumbwaiter

Definition:(noun) A small elevator used to convey food (or other goods) from one floor of a building to another.
Synonyms:food elevator
Usage: The cook put the food on the dumbwaiter and sent it upstairs, where the waiters served it.
Article of the Day

The Trickster

A common figure in the folklore of many indigenous peoples, the trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human, or anthropomorphic animal who is often an amoral and comic troublemaker. The trickster's rule-breaking frequently takes the form of tricks or thievery. An enduring archetype, the trickster can be cunning, foolish, or both and often inspires laughter even when considered sacred. In many cultures, the trickster is also a culture hero. Who are some examples of modern-day tricksters? More...
This Day in History

Victoria Woodhull Is Nominated for President of the US (1872)

Woodhull was a prominent US women's rights advocate, suffragist, and owner of a weekly publication known for printing the first English translation of The Communist Manifesto. In May of 1872, she became the first female candidate for president when a group of suffragists formed a political party and nominated her, but because she was a woman many disputed the legality of her candidacy. What famous African-American was nominated to be her vice-president—possibly without his knowledge? More...
Today's Birthday

John Wilkes Booth (1838)

Born into a family of famous actors, Booth made his acting debut at the age of 17. Touring widely, he soon became a wealthy celebrity, earning acclaim for his Shakespearean roles. However, he harbored deep Confederate sympathies and viewed President Abraham Lincoln as a tyrant. In April of 1865, he assassinated Lincoln at Ford's Theater, where Lincoln had previously watched him perform. Twelve days later, Booth was shot and killed by a Union soldier. Who else had Booth conspired to have killed? More...
Quotation of the Day
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

in hospital

Receiving medical or surgical treatment, care, or attention at a hospital. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Vesak (Buddha's Birthday) (2017)

This is the holiest of Buddhist holy days, celebrating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, or attaining of Nirvana. In Theravada Buddhist countries, all three anniversaries are marked on the full moon of Vaisakha. Activities are centered on the Buddhist temples, where people gather to listen to sermons by monks. In the evening, there are candlelit processions around the temples. Homes are also decorated with paper lanterns and oil lamps. Because it's considered important to practice kindness to all living things, it's traditional in some countries to free caged birds on this day. More...
In the News

Cotton Swabs Are Sending about 34 Children to the Emergency Room Daily

Injuries related to cotton tip applicators sent more than a quarter of a million children to emergency rooms over about two decades, according to a new study. About 34 children were treated at ERs daily for such injuries between 1990-2010, researchers ... More...
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