Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

vilify

Definition:(verb) To make vicious and defamatory statements about.
Synonyms:revile, vituperate, rail
Usage: The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews.
Article of the Day

Pocahontas

The daughter of Powhatan, a Native American chief who controlled almost all of tidewater Virginia, Pocahontas helped maintain peace with the English colonists by befriending the settlers at Jamestown. According to the famous story, she saved colonial leader John Smith from execution after he had been taken prisoner by her father's men. She later furthered efforts toward peace by marrying colonist John Rolfe. "Pocahontas" was actually a childhood nickname. What was her real name? More...
This Day in History

Lockheed SR-71 Flies from New York to London in Under Two Hours (1974)

Shrouded in secrecy, the SR-71 Blackbird was a US reconnaissance plane used from the 1960s through the 90s. Difficult to detect by radar and virtually untouchable by anti-aircraft missiles, it flew at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet (26,000 m). Its existence was publicly acknowledged in 1964. A decade later, an SR-71 flew from New York to London in just under 1 hour and 55 minutes, crushing the previous record. What life support measures kept the crew alive? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reuther (1907)

Reuther was a US labor leader. As a local union leader in Detroit, Michigan, he helped organize sit-down strikes that made the United Automobile Workers (UAW) a power in the auto industry. He was president of the UAW from 1946 until his 1970 death in a plane crash. He was an architect of the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). What role did Reuther play in the so-called Chicken War between the US and Europe in the 1960s? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

the last of the lot

The last or final person(s) or thing(s) in a given group or list. More...
Today's Holiday

Partridge Day (2017)

This is traditionally the day on which the partridge-hunting season opens in England. Just as Grouse Day in Scotland (Glorious Twelfth) was often referred to as St. Grouse's Day, Partridge Day was sometimes called St. Partridge's Day. More...
In the News

Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but parents' ability to discern whether their children are overweight is not keeping pace. Parents of overweight and obese youngsters are increasingly identifying their children as "about the right weight," a problem because they are then less likely to take steps to foster healthy behaviors in their kids. The issue is compounded by the fact that many overweight and obese children underestimate their weight problems and are therefore less likely to push themselves to get healthy. More...
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