Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

windpipe

Definition:(noun) Membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi.
Synonyms:trachea
Usage: Poisonous vapors … crept like evil spirits over the ship, stealing into the nostrils and windpipes of the unwary and causing fits of sneezing and coughing.
Article of the Day

The Public House

A public house—or pub—is a centuries-old type of drinking establishment, so named because early English common law declared inns and taverns to be public houses obligated to receive travelers willing to pay for food, drink, and lodging. However, pubs did not cater exclusively to travelers. They also served as communal centers where locals could meet and gossip, and so became an enduring part of British culture. How did an 18th-century crackdown on alcohol consumption actually create more pubs? More...
This Day in History

Rockefeller Foundation Established (1913)

The Rockefeller Foundation is a private philanthropic organization established by John D. Rockefeller to promote "the well-being of mankind throughout the world." Its first grant was issued to the American Red Cross, and over the years, it has donated more than $14 billion in grants to fund medical research, education, agriculture, and work in a number of other fields. Before and during WWII, it worked to bring scholars and artists persecuted by the Nazis to the US. Who was saved in this way? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316)

Charles IV was a 14th-century Holy Roman Emperor, German king, and king of Bohemia. He was educated at the French court and fought the English at Crécy, where the heroic death of his father, John of Luxemburg, made him king of Bohemia. Pope Clement VI, to whom he had promised far-reaching concessions, helped secure his election as anti-king to Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV. After the death of Louis in 1347, Charles claimed the crown. He is considered the father of what modern-day nation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

(in) up to (one's) eye(ball)s

Extremely busy; deeply involved or engrossed (in or with something). More...
Today's Holiday

Carabao Festival (2017)

The Carabao Festival is a feast in honor of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Farmer), the patron saint of Filipino farmers, held in Pulilan, Bulacan province, the Philippines. The feast also honors the carabao, or water buffalo, the universal beast of burden of the Philippines. Farmers decorate their carabao with flowers to parade with the image of San Isidro. The festival is also marked by exploding firecrackers and the performance of the Bamboo Dance, where dancers represent the tinikling bird, a menace to the rice crop. More...
In the News

Most Child Deaths Due to Preventable Infection

Of the 7.6 million children under the age of five who died in 2010, two-thirds succumbed to infectious diseases that are largely preventable. Half of the child deaths occurred in Africa, with India, Pakistan, and China accounting for much of the rest. Despite the fact that the past decade has seen significant reductions in the leading causes of death, including diarrhea, measles, and pneumonia, pneumonia remained the leading cause of death in young children in 2010. Given the findings, experts believe that few countries will reach UN targets for reducing child mortality by the 2015 deadline. More...
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