Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

niggle

Definition:(verb) Worry unnecessarily or excessively.
Synonyms:fret, fuss
Usage: I realize now that the things which used to niggle me did not really matter.
Article of the Day

Mesa Verde National Park

Located in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve prehistoric Native American cliff dwellings. It occupies a high tableland area of 52,085 acres (21,078 hectares) and contains hundreds of pueblo ruins up to 13 centuries old, spanning four archaeological periods. The largest and most striking of the multistoried apartments built under overhanging cliffs is Cliff Palace. Excavated in 1909, it contains hundreds of rooms and many kivas, which are what? More...
This Day in History

Pierre Laval Is Executed for Treason (1945)

In 1942, Laval, a French politician who had advocated collaboration with Nazi Germany, came to power. His government drafted laborers for German factories, cooperated in the deportation of Jews to death camps, and instituted a rule of terror. After France was liberated by the Allies, Laval fled. He was eventually captured and returned to France, where he was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. How did Laval attempt to change his fate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)

Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though I am an old horse, and have seen and heard a great deal, I never yet could make out why men are so fond of this sport; they often hurt themselves, often spoil good horses, and tear up the fields, and all for a hare, or a fox, or a stag, that they could get more easily some other way; but we are only horses, and don't know.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

be like oil and water

To be incompatible or unable to interact or coexist easily, as due to fundamental differences in personality, opinions, beliefs, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Tucson Meet Yourself Festival (2017)

The annual folk and ethnic festival known as Tucson Meet Yourself has been held in Tucson, Arizona, since 1974. Designed to promote southern Arizona's wide mix of cultures, the festival features formal presentations of traditional music and dance, demonstrations by folk artists and craftspeople, and workshops in which various experts on ethnic customs and traditions hold informal discussions, give lessons, and organize games. Food, however, is the festival's primary attraction, giving the festival the well-earned nickname of "Tucson Eat Yourself." More...
In the News

Doctors Using Ultrasound to Heal Broken Bones

Ultrasound is commonly used in medicine to visualize internal body structures and monitor fetal development, but doctors in Glasgow, the Scottish city where ultrasound was first developed as a diagnostic tool, are now using it to speed bone healing. They say that the vibrations caused by the high frequency sound waves used in ultrasound stimulate the production of new bone cells and speed up their maturation. The painless treatment has been shown to reduce recovery times for severe fractures by about 40 percent. More...
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