Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

penalize

Definition:(verb) Impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on.
Synonyms:punish
Usage: The students were penalized for their tardiness and had to stay after school for detention.
Article of the Day

"The Walrus and the Carpenter"

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a narrative poem that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book, the poem is recited to the protagonist, Alice, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. After hearing the poem, in which the titular characters lull a group of oysters into a false sense of security and then eat them, the good-natured Alice attempts to determine which of the two might be the more sympathetic. In what ways has the poem been interpreted? More...
This Day in History

James Earl Ray Escapes from Prison Again (1977)

In 1967, Ray, who was serving time for armed robbery, escaped from prison by hiding in a bread truck. He remained at large until 1968, when he was captured in London following an international manhunt sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. In 1977, he once again escaped, but this time he was recaptured within days. In 1969, Ray recanted his confession and claimed that who was responsible for King's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Tara Lipinski (1982)

Lipinski is an American figure skater who, at the age of 14, won both the US and World Championships, becoming the youngest person ever to win either title. In 1998, she also became the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympic history. Shortly thereafter, she launched her professional skating career, a move that was sharply criticized by some. The next year, she became the youngest person to win the World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Why did she stop skating in 2002? More...
Quotation of the Day
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have done with (someone or something)

To be finished with someone or something; to cease being involved with someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (2017)

One of the largest such events in the country, the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival is held in Oklahoma City and draws participants from more than 150 Native American tribes. The three-day festival features arts and crafts, dancing, and parades. The name Oklahoma means "red people," being derived from two Choctaw words, okla, meaning "people," and humma, meaning "red." There are 35 tribes with tribal councils now living in Oklahoma. Their population is more than 175,000, the second largest of any state in the nation. More...
In the News

The AIDS Pandemic After 30 Years

It has been 30 years since the virus that became known as HIV was first reported in a medical publication, and since that time, the disease has killed more than 25 million people worldwide. There are now some 34 million people around the globe living with HIV/AIDS. Though there is no cure yet, there have been great strides made in terms of reducing transmissions and improving the health, quality of life, and life spans of those infected. More...
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