Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

confection

Definition:(noun) A food rich in sugar.
Synonyms:sweet
Usage: One of the perks of working in a candy shop is getting to try all the new confections.
Article of the Day

Color Blindness

People with color blindness are not blind in the most common sense of the word; their condition can perhaps be more accurately described as a color vision deficiency. Those who suffer from it tend to see colors in a limited range of hues—most commonly they are unable to distinguish red and green—while a rare few may not see colors at all. The condition is often genetic, but it can also be acquired through eye disease. When did the scientific community first acknowledge color blindness? More...
This Day in History

London Underground Begins Operation (1863)

The world's first subway line opened in London in 1863. It was 3.75 mi (6 km) long and soon carried tens of thousands of passengers each day—transporting 9.5 million in its first year. Initially steam-powered, the system first electrified some of its lines in 1890. By 1896, it was fully electrified. Today, the London Underground system is one of the largest in the world, with 256 miles (410 km) of track and 270 stations. How many passengers did it carry on January 10, 1863? More...
Today's Birthday

George Edward Foreman (1949)

A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. He won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1968 and beat Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight crown in 1973. He won all 40 of his professional bouts—many by knockout—before losing to Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle." He retired to be a minister in 1977 but launched a comeback in 1987 and became the world's oldest heavyweight champ in 1994. After naming his first four sons "George," what did Foreman name his fifth son? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hoist by (one's) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one's own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one's own trap or schemes. (Note: "hoist" in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, "hoise.") More...
Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2017)

Vodoun is an ancient, African, pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

Pakistani Teen Dies Protecting Friends from Suicide Bomber

A 15-year-old Pakistani boy is being hailed a hero after laying down his life to save his schoolmates. Nearly 2,000 students were gathered for their morning assembly at the Ibrahimzai School in the Hangu district of northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when a suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform attempted to infiltrate the school grounds. Realizing the danger, ninth-grader Aitzaz Hasan tackled the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing himself and the brave teen. Were it not for Hasan's quick thinking and selfless actions, many more lives would have likely been lost. More...
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