Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

ascription

Definition:(noun) Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing.
Synonyms:attribution
Usage: The ascription to me of honors I had not earned left me feeling guilty and ashamed.
Article of the Day

Fagin

Fagin is a fictional character in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist who has sparked much debate over the years. Allegedly based on an actual criminal, the character teaches boys to steal and is described as villainous, selfish, miserly—and Jewish. He is called "the Jew" more often than "Fagin," despite the fact that Dickens removed over 180 instances of it after befriending a Jewish couple. Which of Dickens's later Jewish characters may be an apology for his anti-Semitic portrayal of Fagin? More...
This Day in History

Farmer Discovers Howe Caverns (1842)

Howe Caverns is a cave system in east-central New York that lies 156 ft (48 m) below ground. It was discovered in 1842, when farmer Lester Howe began to wonder why his cows all seemed to gather near one particular hill on hot summer days. Upon investigating, he felt a cool breeze blowing from a hole in the hill. He and a neighbor began to dig out the hole and uncovered the entrance to a cave. They explored it extensively and opened it for tours the next year. Why are there boats in the cave? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)

Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer noted for his tales about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally a doctor, Conan Doyle studied under the sharp-eyed Dr. Joseph Bell, who was noted for his ability to draw accurate conclusions about people through observation. Bell was thus the model for Holmes, who appeared for the first time in 1887. Conan Doyle "killed off" Holmes in 1893 but was forced by public demand to resurrect him. What famous unsolved hoax might the author have perpetrated? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

keep (up) (one's) end of the bargain

To do as was promised in an agreement or bargain; to carry through with what one agreed to do. Also worded as "keep one's end of the bargain up." More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for Biological Diversity (2017)

In 1994 the United Nations declared December 29 International Day for Biological Diversity. In the year 2000 they changed the date to May 22 in order to draw more attention to the observance. They also wished to honor the May 22, 2000, signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More...
In the News

Neurosurgery Restores Quadriplegic Use of Hands

Several years after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down and cost him the use of his hands, a 71-year-old quadriplegic has regained the use of his thumb, index finger, and middle finger and is able to perform tasks like feeding himself and writing with assistance. This was achieved thanks to a pioneering procedure to reroute the nerves in his arm and restore communication between his brain and hand. Since the neural pathway between the patient’s brain and upper arm remained intact following the accident, connecting a nerve in his upper arm to one of the nerves leading to his hand restored his ability to pinch and grip things with his fingers. More...
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