Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

bedaub

Definition:(verb) To smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty.
Synonyms:besmear
Usage: The hunter bedaubed himself with mud as a form of camouflage.
Article of the Day

Bubble Gum

Chewing gum has been around for millennia, making bubble gum a comparatively recent invention. The first bubble gum formulation—an unmarketable, sticky confection called Blibber-Blubber—was developed in 1906 by Frank Fleer. Twenty-two years later, Fleer employee Walter Diemer developed the first commercially successful bubble gum, Dubble Bubble. Its first competitor, the Topps Company's Bazooka, arrived on the market after World War II. How did bubble gum acquire its now-iconic pink color? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat Is Assassinated (1981)

As president, Sadat led Egypt in a 1973 war with Israel that bolstered his popularity throughout the Arab world, even though the war was a military loss. However, after he negotiated a peace treaty with Israel in the Camp David Accords—an initiative for which he shared a Nobel Peace Prize—his popularity in the Arab world plummeted. During an annual military parade, he was ambushed and killed by extremists. What three people made a rare simultaneous appearance at his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Johanna "Jenny" Maria Lind (1820)

One of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her time, Lind was a Swedish opera star who caused a sensation touring Europe. American showman P.T. Barnum used his innovative publicity techniques to arrange a hugely successful 1850 US tour for her. Hans Christian Andersen once fell in love with her and wrote "The Nightingale" in her honor, leading to her nickname, "The Swedish Nightingale." Many things have been named for Lind, including a clipper ship, a class of locomotive, and what else? More...
Quotation of the Day
With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

live the life of Riley

To lead a life of great ease, comfort, or luxury. The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Riley refers is uncertain. More...
Today's Holiday

Ivy Day (2017)

October 6 is the anniversary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), the famous Irish statesman and leader of the Home Rule Party. He is a symbol of Irish pride and independence, and his name appears frequently in Irish literature, particularly the poetry of William Butler Yeats and the short story in James Joyce's Dubliners called "Ivy Day in the Committee Room." It is somewhat ironic that the sprig of green ivy traditionally worn on this day—chosen by Parnell himself as an emblem—is a color he apparently intensely disliked. More...
In the News

Stop and Smell the Roses

One's sense of smell, more specifically the loss of one's sense of smell, could be an indicator of impending death. A study finds that older adults whose sense of smell has declined have a greater risk of dying within five years. Of participants with the most severe olfactory dysfunction, 39 percent passed away within five years. By comparison, just 19 percent of those with moderate dysfunction and 10 percent of those with a normal sense of smell died during that same period. This is not to say that the loss of sense of smell is directly causing deaths. Rather, researchers believe, it is a warning sign of declining health. More...
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