Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

meditate

Definition:(verb) Reflect deeply on a subject.
Synonyms:mull, muse, ponder, think over, excogitate, ruminate, speculate, contemplate
Usage: I will meditate on the problem and see if I can come up with a solution.
Article of the Day

Roulette

Roulette emerged in late 18th-century European casinos and has remained popular with gamblers to this day. In the game, a horizontal wheel is spun and a ball is dropped onto it. Players may bet on which of the wheel's numbered slots the ball will come to rest in, what color the slot will be, and whether the number will be odd or even. Though roulette is ostensibly a game of chance, players have repeatedly tried to improve their odds. How did one engineer exploit the game to win $325,000 in 1873? More...
This Day in History

The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (1890)

Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

let the good times roll

To have as much fun or live life as richly as possible. (Often said as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Independence Day (2017)

Guinea became an independent republic on this day in 1958, after having been a French colony since the late 19th century. Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated all over the country with parades, dances, and sports competitions, especially in the capital city of Conakry. More...
In the News

Bystander CPR Initiative Saves Lives

Campaigns encouraging ordinary citizens to learn and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of an emergency can make a difference. Less than 10 years after Denmark began taking steps to increase the number of bystanders stepping in to perform this lifesaving procedure, the percentage of cardiac arrest cases in which a bystander performed CPR had more than doubled and cardiac arrest victims' chances of survival had tripled. The initiative in Denmark included making CPR training mandatory for elementary school students and driver's license recipients, distributing training kits, offering over-the-phone guidance to bystanders, and placing defibrillators in public places. More...
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