Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

embolden

Definition:(verb) To foster boldness or courage in; encourage.
Synonyms:cheer, hearten
Usage: Emboldened by the success of his first novel, he started on a second.
Article of the Day

Sabiha Gökçen, First Female Combat Pilot

When Gökçen was 10 years old, Turkey became a republic. As it Westernized during the presidency of her adoptive father, Kemal Atatürk, Turkish women gained more freedom, securing the right to vote in 1934. A year later, Gökçen enrolled in the Türkkusu Flight School as its first female pupil. After attending the Air Force Academy, she became the first female combat pilot. While with the Turkish Air Force, she logged some 8,000 flight hours, including combat missions. Why had Atatürk adopted her? More...
This Day in History

US President Zachary Taylor Dies in Office (1850)

On a hot 4th of July in Washington, DC, Taylor—who had been US president for just 16 months—enjoyed a cool snack of cherries and milk. Five days later, he was dead. The official cause of death was listed as gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can be caused by food poisoning. His remains were exhumed in 1991 and showed no evidence of foul play. According to one historian, Taylor could have recovered had he not been bled, blistered, and given what cocktail of drugs? More...
Today's Birthday

Oliver Wolf Sacks (1933)

Sacks is a British-American neurologist and writer. He immigrated to the US in 1960 to study neurology at the University of California, and in 1965 he joined the faculty at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Many of his books relate case histories of neurologically damaged people, particularly those afflicted with unusual conditions. His 1973 book Awakenings, which was made into a film in 1990, chronicles his efforts to treat the survivors of what mysterious sickness? More...
Quotation of the Day
When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

six in one, (and) half a dozen in the other

The difference between these two options is negligible, irrelevant, or unimportant; either option is fine or will work as well as the other. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of the Bab (2017)

The Martyrdom of the Bab is a solemn commemoration of the day in 1850 when the Bab, the first prophet of the Baha'i faith, was executed in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). Prayers and readings mark the Baha'i holy day, and work is suspended. The Bab was repeatedly exiled and imprisoned by Muslim rulers and priests who opposed the idea that the Bab would provide another avenue to the truth. A committee of priests demanded the Bab's execution; his body was retrieved by his followers and eventually placed in a mausoleum on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, where the Baha'i headquarters is today. More...
In the News

Flattops Out, Flat Spots In

Education programs aimed at encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs have helped lower the mortality rate from sudden infant death syndrome, but they have also contributed to the growing incidence of flat spots on the backs of babies' heads. Nearly half of Canadian two-month olds now have an observable head deformation. Though this is more of a cosmetic issue than a health risk, researchers say parents should still do their best to prevent flat spots from developing. Steps they can take include holding babies whenever possible, only putting them in car seats when traveling, and giving them supervised "tummy time" when they are awake. More...
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