Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

dog-tired

Definition:(adjective) Drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted.
Synonyms:fagged, fatigued, played out, washed-out, worn out, spent
Usage: I can see myself now, worn out and dog-tired after the long day, lying on the mats of the palace veranda.
Article of the Day

Eclecticism

In eclecticism, a concept used in many disciplines, elements from diverse styles are selected and combined into a single system. The term "eclectic" can describe artists who combine, for example, elements from the Renaissance and classical traditions in their paintings. It can also be applied to philosophers who take elements from different systems of thought without regard for possible contradictions. In this way, the term is sometimes used pejoratively. What musicians are considered eclectic? More...
This Day in History

British Broadcasting Company Makes Its First Radio Broadcast (1922)

The original BBC—the British Broadcasting Company—was founded by radio manufacturers eager to provide programs for the radios they were selling. Just two weeks after listeners began purchasing receiving licenses, Arthur Burrows read the first newscast from Marconi House in London. Two more stations—Birmingham and Manchester—went on the air the next day. Within five years, the company was transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation. What was reported on the second day of broadcasting? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Fulton (1765)

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never ... be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices ... and I can always be hopeful of you.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

cast in concrete

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2017)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916; since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
In the News

Sleep-Deprived Surgeons No More Error-Prone

Studies on the effects of fatigue on surgical outcomes have had mixed results, but one recent study indicates that missed sleep does not make surgeons more error-prone. The risk of complications from gallbladder removal surgery was found to be the same for patients whose surgeons had been up all night performing emergency surgery as for those whose surgeons were well rested. Complication rates were fairly low across the board. Researchers say the findings should ease the concerns of people requiring surgery. More...
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