Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

obviate

Definition:(verb) To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.
Synonyms:rid of, eliminate
Usage: Her discovery of an old wedding dress in the attic obviated the need for her to buy a costume for the party.
Article of the Day

The Everglades

This marshy, low-lying subtropical savanna area in S. Florida extends from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. Characterized by water, sawgrass, palms, pine, and mangrove forests, the Everglades receives an annual average rainfall of more than 60 in. (152 cm), mainly in the summer. The wildlife-rich area is home to endangered species like the Florida panther, American crocodile, and manatee. In the late 1830s the Everglades was the scene of military operations against what Native American people? More...
This Day in History

Vauxhall Bridge Opens in London (1906)

Vauxhall Bridge is an arch bridge over the River Thames in central London. Despite its public garden and location, the Vauxhall area was sparsely populated before the 19th century, and a plan for a bridge there was hatched in 1809 to help develop the area. The resulting bridge was in terrible shape by the end of the century, however, and construction on a new, richly decorated, steel-and-granite replacement began in 1898. A major transport artery today, the bridge is adorned with what statues? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Jolson (1886)

Jolson was one of the most popular entertainers in the US in the 1930s. The son of a rabbi, he had planned to be a cantor but instead became a singer and comedian. By the age of 15, he was touring in vaudeville and minstrel shows. His 1909 blackface performance of "Mammy" was a hit, and he performed on Broadway and the radio. In 1927, he starred in the first feature-length "talkie," The Jazz Singer. How do scholars differ in their analysis of Jolson's use of blackface in his performances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

be on track

To progress or develop as planned, scheduled, or expected. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
In the News

Brain Implants Give New Life to a Paralyzed Man

A man who is paralyzed from the neck down has had a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to control a robotic arm with this thoughts. Erik Sorto has been paralyzed for over 10 years, and now he can lift his own drink to mouth using a ... More...
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