Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

periwig

Definition:(noun) A wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Synonyms:peruke
Usage: He wears an immense periwig, flowing down over his shoulders.
Article of the Day

The Last Meal

Throughout history, prisoners condemned to death have customarily been offered a special "last meal." In premodern Europe, it was a symbolic social act where, by accepting the last meal, the condemned was believed to forgive the executioner, judge, and witnesses. Although alcohol was once used to soothe prisoners and keep them from lashing out during the execution process, alcohol is now generally barred from these meals. What are some of the last meals chosen by notable inmates over the years? More...
This Day in History

Montreal Protocol Signed to Protect the Ozone Layer (1987)

The Montreal Protocol was enacted in response to the discovery that the ozone layer—which shields life on Earth from harmful radiation—was diminishing. Signed by the majority of the world's nations, the treaty mandates the decreased use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and has been amended several times based on new scientific data. By 1993, CFC production had dropped dramatically. If the agreement is followed, the ozone layer is expected to recover by what year? More...
Today's Birthday

B.B. King (1925)

A singer and guitarist born into a sharecropping family in the Mississippi Delta region of the US, King began playing guitar at 12. He worked as a radio DJ in Memphis before coming to prominence as a guitarist in 1952. He has toured widely, averaging over 300 shows a year for nearly 30 years. King famously named his guitar Lucille after a woman who inspired a fight at one of his concerts that ended with the venue burning down. King's first name is Riley. What does B.B. stand for? More...
Quotation of the Day
That is the natural way of women...to scorn the one that loves them, and love the one that hates them.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

leather-lunged

(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. More...
Today's Holiday

Mexico Festival of Independence (2017)

At 11 o'clock on the night of September 15 in Mexico City, the president appears on the balcony of the National Palace and proclaims the famous Grito de Dolores ("cry of Dolores")—the "call to freedom" that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used to rouse the peasant population to fight for their independence in 1810. The people respond by cheering Viva México! and shooting off fireworks. The following day is Independence Day, which is celebrated with fireworks, the ringing of cathedral bells, and a huge military parade. More...
In the News

Half of Americans Drink Sugary Beverages Every Day

An average can of sugared soda or juice contains between 10 and 12 teaspoons of sugar, and even though sweetened drinks have been linked to the obesity epidemic plaguing the US, about half of the population drinks a sugared beverage each day. Health officials recommend that people limit their sugary drink consumption to less than half a can a day, yet one in 20 Americans drinks the equivalent of more than four. Males tend to consume more than females, poor people drink more sugary beverages than the wealthy, and blacks get more of their calories from sweetened beverages than other racial and ethnic groups. More...
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