Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

middling

Definition:(adjective) Lacking exceptional quality or ability.
Synonyms:mediocre, average, fair
Usage: The performance was middling at best, but for some reason the audience still rose to its feet at the end of the show for a standing ovation.
Article of the Day

The Hobo Nickel

Hobo nickels are sculptural artworks created on small denomination coins, particularly US nickels, long favored by coin engravers because of their size, thickness, and softness. When the Indian head, or buffalo, nickel was introduced in the US in 1913, its large, thick profile gave artists a larger template to work on and allowed for finer detail. Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name. What images appear on classic hobo nickels? More...
This Day in History

Weatherman's Days of Rage Begin (1969)

The Days of Rage were a series of violent anti-war protests in Chicago that coincided with the trial of the Chicago Eight, a group of protesters charged with conspiring to incite a riot. The Days of Rage were organized by Weatherman—later known as the Weather Underground—a radical faction of Students for a Democratic Society. Despite efforts to promote the event, the protesters were outnumbered by police, and many were arrested. What statue was blown up in the days leading up to the protests? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883)

Warburg was a German physiologist, Nobel Prize winner, and director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute—now the Max Planck Institute—for cell physiology in Berlin. He was known for his investigation of the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells. His hypothesis that cancer cells switch from normal cellular respiration to glycolysis, the conversion of sugars, is now a noted phenomenon. In his later years, Warburg was said to have become somewhat eccentric and to have eaten only what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

(as) quick as a bunny

Incredibly quickly or speedily. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Independence Day (2017)

This holiday is celebrated in Croatia to mark the day in 1991 that the Croatian Parliament voted to cut constitutional ties with Yugoslavia. The Croatians had declared their independence three months earlier, on June 25 (Croatia Statehood Day), but a three-month moratorium was placed on implementation of the decision to give European negotiators a chance to broker an agreement. Those talks failed, and Croatia proceeded with its plan for independence. Offices, businesses, and schools in Croatia are closed on Independence Day. More...
In the News

Smoking Rates Still High in Certain US Industries

Despite the fact that adult smoking rates in the US have decreased considerably in recent decades, a large portion of the people working in the mining, food service, and construction industries in the US still smokes. The overall adult smoking rate in the US is 19.3 percent. Yet, 30 percent of mining, hotel/motel, and food service workers smoke, as do 29.7 percent of construction workers. In contrast, only 9.7 percent of educators are smokers. Smoking rates tend to be higher in younger workers, the less educated, and the poor. More...
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