Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

frothy

Definition:(adjective) Emitting or filled with bubbles as from carbonation or fermentation.
Synonyms:bubbly, effervescing, spumy, foamy
Usage: There is nothing better on a balmy summer evening than a frothy ice-cream soda.
Article of the Day

Coronation

Coronation is the ceremony of crowning and anointing a sovereign on his or her accession to the throne. In Europe, the addition of Christian rites to coronations helped alter the concept of kingship and endow rulers with a degree of priestly and possibly even divine character. In 1804, Napoleon I brought Pope Pius VII to Paris to crown him in Notre Dame cathedral, but, in a famous episode, he seized the crown from the pope's hands and crowned himself. What other monarchs have crowned themselves? More...
This Day in History

Cease-Fire Declared in Iran-Iraq War (1988)

On September 22, 1980, Iraqi forces invaded Iran, which was still struggling in the aftermath of its revolution. The resulting war—ostensibly a territorial dispute—turned into a bloody stalemate that saw the first widespread use of chemical warfare since World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the conflict. After nearly eight years, the United Nations mandated a cease-fire. Both sides held thousands of prisoners of war for years. When were the last prisoners exchanged? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
Quotation of the Day
The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. More...
Today's Holiday

Down Home Family Reunion (2017)

Introduced in 1992, the Down Home Family Reunion is an annual celebration of west African folk life held in Abner Clay Park in Richmond, Virginia. The reunion offers music and dance performances, storytelling presentations, traditional foods, a heritage marketplace, and children's activities. With many hands-on and interactive exhibits, the festival showcases the strong influence of west African culture on life in the American South. Saturday's activities are free and emphasize family participation in craft demonstrations and a variety of cultural exhibits. More...
In the News

Menopause Symptoms Not Eased by Soy Supplements

During menopause, a woman's body produces less estrogen and progesterone. However, the medications once used to replace one or both of these hormones have been linked to increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. To stave off uncomfortable menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats and to minimize aging-related bone loss, many women have therefore turned to soy, which contains isoflavones, plant-derived estrogens. Unfortunately, a recent study found that soy supplements do not improve menopause symptoms nor do they help women maintain bone density. More...
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