Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

unrelieved

Definition:(adjective) Utter; complete.
Synonyms:undiminished
Usage: My fortitude was beginning to sink under the unrelieved oppression of suspense.
Article of the Day

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean in the world, constituting one-fifth of Earth's total ocean area and covering approximately one-seventh of the Earth's surface. Crisscrossed by historically important trade routes, it is home to 40 percent of the world's offshore oil production, and the relatively high traffic of oil tankers has prompted a surge in piracy off the Somali coast. Its northernmost current system usually flows clockwise, but in the winter, it reverses direction. Why? More...
This Day in History

Decimal Day (1971)

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 "new pence," and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? More...
Today's Birthday

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820)

Anthony was a pioneer in the US women's suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women's rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

gym bunny

Someone who is obsessively preoccupied with maintaining or improving his or her physique and thus spends a large amount of time at the gym to do so. More...
Today's Holiday

Lupercalia (2017)

This was an ancient Roman festival during which worshippers gathered at a grotto on the Palatine Hill in Rome called the Lupercal. The sacrifice of goats and dogs to the Roman deities Lupercus and Faunus was part of the ceremony. Luperci (priests of Lupercus) dressed in goatskins and, smeared with the sacrificial blood, would run about striking women with thongs of goat skin. This was thought to assure them of fertility and an easy delivery. The name for these thongs—februa—meant "means of purification" and eventually gave the month of February its name. More...
In the News

Kids Got Too Little Sleep Even Before TV and Computers

For at least 100 years, kids have been getting less sleep than recommended. A review of sleep studies from the last century concludes that there has consistently been about a 30 minute discrepancy between the amount of sleep recommended for kids and the amount they are actually getting. The difference has remained fairly constant even though recommended sleep times dropped by 71 minutes over the past 100 years. After reviewing the data, the researchers concluded that past and present sleep recommendations appear to have less to do with scientific evidence than societal influences. More...
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