Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

coerce

Definition:(verb) To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral, or intellectual means.
Synonyms:force, hale, pressure, squeeze
Usage: The lawsuit alleged that her boss had coerced her into resigning and that she therefore deserved compensation.
Article of the Day

Children's Street Culture

Passed down from one generation to the next, children's street culture usually develops among urban children who are allowed to play for long periods without supervision. It impacts their value systems, the sorts of games they play, and the way they perceive their environments. Imagination is an important part of children's street culture, which research shows shares many commonalities across the globe. In what region of the US has a consistent mythology developed among homeless children? More...
This Day in History

Donald Duck Debuts in The Little Wise Hen (1934)

Clad in his signature sailor shirt and cap, the perennially pants-less cartoon character Donald Duck made his debut in Disney's The Wise Little Hen. His comically short temper and distinct voice quickly endeared him to audiences, and he became a regular character in Mickey Mouse cartoons. Donald remains quite popular in Scandinavia, as evidenced by the Christmas Eve tradition of watching a TV special featuring him. What Academy Award-winning 1943 cartoon showed Donald saluting Hitler? More...
Today's Birthday

Cole Porter (1891)

Though pushed by his grandfather to pursue law, Porter studied music at Harvard and in Paris. A gifted composer and witty lyricist, he wrote a dazzling series of successful film scores and Broadway musicals from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate. His most popular songs include "Night and Day" and "Let's Do It." A 1937 accident required him to undergo more than 30 operations, but he continued composing until 1958. Why did he stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

give (someone) an out

To provide someone with an excuse or a means of escaping (from something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2017)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
In the News

Antibiotic Controversy in E. Coli Outbreak

The widespread Escherichia coli outbreak in Europe is prompting German doctors to try a controversial antibiotic therapy despite fears that it could actually speed the bacteria's release of toxins and result in patients' deaths. Conventional treatment for this strain of E. coli involves fluid replacement through drinking and intravenous infusions; however, in an outbreak of this magnitude and severity, some believe more aggressive methods are necessary. A handful of German hospitals have now begun treating serious cases with antibiotics and are seeing some success. More...
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