Daily Content Archive

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

allocable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being distributed.
Synonyms:apportionable
Usage: Although our department's budget was increased this year, only a small portion of the funds are allocable to travel expenses.
Article of the Day

Hoodoos

Also known as fairy chimneys, hoodoos are tall, thin columns of rock that are left behind when everything else around them erodes, making them a strikingly conspicuous feature of the landscape. Sheltered from erosion by a cap of hard rock, they can be up to 10 stories tall. Because they may be composed of layers of rock that vary in density and thus erode at differing rates, they may take on a "totem pole" appearance. What location boasts the highest concentration of hoodoos in the world? More...
This Day in History

Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949)

In 1948, following a failed attempt by the UN to divide Palestine, which had been under British mandate, the nation of Israel proclaimed its independence. The first legislative assembly, or Knesset, convened in February 1949 and succeeded the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community's parliament during the Mandate era. The prime minister and the president are responsible to the Knesset, whose members are elected by popular vote. What does "knesset" mean in Hebrew? More...
Today's Birthday

Renée Fleming (1959)

Fleming is an American soprano who specializes in opera and lieder, a type of German art song intended for soloists. The daughter of two music teachers, Fleming graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1981 with a degree in music education and went on to study at Eastman School of Music and Juilliard. Her professional debut was in Austria in 1986. She has won numerous awards for her roles in opera and for the classical music she has recorded. What did Fleming do to pay for her studies at Juilliard? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents...and only one for birthday presents, you know.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

gut-wrenching

Agonizing; extremely distressing, unpleasant, or emotionally disturbing; having a severe effect on one's feelings. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Richard Allen (2017)

The son of two slaves, Richard Allen (1760-1831) was born in Philadelphia on this day. By the time he was 26 years old, he had saved enough money to buy his way out of slavery, and soon after that he established America's first African-American church. Allen's work among African Americans expanded at such a rapid rate that in 1816 he had to expand the organization of his church nationwide. Members of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church commemorate the birth of their founder and first bishop on this day. More...
In the News

Coroner Says Soda Habit Contributed to Woman's Death

The death of a 30-year-old New Zealand woman three years ago may have had a lot to do with her excessive Coca-Cola consumption. The mother of eight reportedly drank up to 10 liters of the soft drink each day, in the process consuming twice the daily recommended limit of caffeine and 11 times the recommended quantity of sugar. This, the coroner now believes, took a toll on her heart and caused her to develop cardiac arrhythmia, contributing to her death from cardiac arrest. More...
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