Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

denominate

Definition:(verb) Assign a name or title to.
Synonyms:designate
Usage: The creature ... even went to the trouble of teaching me the rudiments of what it was vain enough to denominate its language.
Article of the Day

Guqin

The guqin is an ancient Chinese stringed instrument of the zither family that originated thousands of years ago. Throughout Chinese history, it was often associated with scholars, and it is said to have been played by Confucius. The guqin has remained symbolic of Chinese heritage and was featured during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a recording of its music was even included on the Voyager Golden Record that was sent into space. What does its name mean? 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
We love flattery even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

US Blood Banks Changing How They Do Business

In recent years, as economic woes have led people to hold off on elective surgeries and new surgical technologies and techniques have cut down on blood loss in the operating room, the need for blood products in the US has declined. Blood shortages, while not entirely a thing of the past, are becoming fewer and farther between. As such, blood banks are shifting away from their long-standing "collect-as-much-as-you-can" approach in favor of one that is more targeted to specific needs. They are holding fewer drives than in the past and are instead placing greater emphasis on appealing to donors with high-demand blood types. More...
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