Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

billow

Definition:(verb) Rise up as if in waves.
Synonyms:wallow
Usage: Smoke from the burning building billowed up into the sky, obscuring the sun.
Article of the Day

Barbara McClintock

McClintock was an American geneticist. In the 1940s and 50s, her experiments with variations in the coloration of kernels of maize revealed that genes are not stationary, but can "jump" on the chromosome. She isolated two control elements in genetic material and found not only that they moved, but also that their transposition affected the behavior of neighboring genes. In 1983, she was belatedly awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology. Why did she stop publishing her findings in the 50s? More...
This Day in History

Millions Participate in Hands Across America (1986)

Hands Across America was a massive, heavily publicized fundraiser during which millions of people, including scores of celebrities and politicians, lined up in the hopes of forming a human chain stretching from New York to California. Though they did not succeed in this regard—there were many gaps along the way—the event raised $20 million. Had all of the participants actually given the $10 required donation, it would have reached its $50-million goal. For what cause was the money raised? More...
Today's Birthday

Beverly Sills (1929)

Sills was an American operatic soprano. She sang on the radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. Her 1966 performance in Julius Caesar made her an opera star, not just for her voice, but also for her acting. After 25 years of singing with the New York City Opera, she became its director, and she also served as chairman of the board of New York's Lincoln Center and of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she claimed to have stopped singing, even in the shower, for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

keep (one's) socks on

To remain patient and calm, especially when beginning to become angry or upset with impatience. Usually said as an imperative. More...
Today's Holiday

Jordan Independence Day (2017)

A treaty signed on this day in 1946 established the constitutional monarchy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and secured the nation's independence from Great Britain. Parades through the capital city of Amman mark the celebrations of this national holiday. More...
In the News

Coffee Lovers Could Live Longer

Drinking coffee may help you live longer. Adults between the ages of 50 and 71 who reported having a few cups of coffee a day were less likely to die over the next 14 years than people who said they rarely drink it. Women appeared to derive the most benefit, having a 16 percent reduced risk of death, compared to 10 percent in men. However, the study also found that coffee drinkers were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, abusing alcohol, and eating large quantities of red meat, and those who did had a higher risk of death. More...
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