Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

bedlam

Definition:(noun) A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion.
Synonyms:chaos, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness
Usage: They quarreled and bickered more than ever among themselves, till at times the camp was a howling bedlam.
Article of the Day

May I Take Your Order?

The drive-through system, developed in the US in the 1940s, has revolutionized business practices worldwide. Drive-through establishments provide service to customers who remain in their vehicles throughout the transactions. Typically, orders are taken over a speaker system and are picked up and paid for at a window. This speedy setup can be found at restaurants, banks, pharmacies, and liquor stores worldwide. What unconventional drive-through service is available in Las Vegas, NV? More...
This Day in History

Vioxx Withdrawn from Market Because of Cardiovascular Concerns (2004)

Merck's COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx (rofecoxib) was approved for use in the US in 1999 and remained on the market for just five years before being pulled due to concerns that it could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. By that time, some 80 million people worldwide had taken the drug, primarily to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain, and dysmenorrhea. Before long, the drugmaker found itself facing thousands of lawsuits. How much did it earmark for settlements? More...
Today's Birthday

Héctor Lavoe (1946)

Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. He moved to New York City at age 17 and found fame performing with acts like Orquesta New York and Willie Colón's band. Lavoe recorded many hits, including "Mi Gente," but with success came drug addiction and tragedy. After the deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law and an HIV diagnosis, Lavoe jumped off a hotel balcony, likely in a suicide attempt. He survived and died of AIDS-related complications in 1993. Why were his remains later exhumed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Botswana Independence Day (2015)

Botswana became independent from Great Britain on September 30, 1966. Since 1885, the region had been a British colony called the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The biggest Independence Day festivities are held in the capital city of Gaberone, and include the singing of the national anthem, "Fatshe La Rona" (Blessed Country). More...
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